Detailed plans for the new headquarters of Northamptonshire County Council in the centre of Northampton have been submitted to planners.
The scheme will centralise its town-based staff out of an existing stock of 12 other buildings. The council says the scheme will save taxpayers up to £54 million in future building maintenance costs, outweighing the costs of the development.
Leader of the council Cllr Jim Harker said: “This is another critical step in our journey in making this ambitious and exciting project a reality. This project is all about helping to regenerate Northampton town-centre as part of the Northampton Alive project, while also ensuring our own office accommodation is as efficient and as cost effective as possible.
“Not only will this scheme bring thousands of people and hence spending power into the town but also offers us the opportunity to get out of the buildings we simply can no longer afford to keep. Put simply we can no longer afford our current portfolio of properties in Northampton. Because of their age our current stock of buildings cost us £53,000 a week just to keep running. This is clearly not sustainable. By investing now in one new energy efficient and fit for purpose office we will save taxpayers money for years to come.
“I am delighted to now be in position to submit these plans. They are another example of how working together with partners is really seeing exciting development in Northampton – which is so critical to the economic prosperity of the whole county.”
Also this week new signage has been at the site showing what it could soon look like if approval is given to the scheme, which is forecast to boost town trade by up to £12m by moving 2,000 employees into the town centre.