The new £43 million headquarters for Northamptonshire County Council has
been given the go-ahead by planners.
Members of Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee approved the plans after hearing that the offices in Angel Street would bring 2,000 more people into the town centre on a daily basis.
Programme director of ‘Project Angel’, Richard Beeby, said it would include a 138-capacity car park, a cafe and office spaces, as well as potential space for retail.
The building would also require the demolition of two small unused buildings and the moving of Northamptonshire County Council offices from the town’s old jail block.
Mr Beeby said: “Using this site for the project will create the most economic benefit for Northampton and will combine the new with the old by creating a modern and vibrant working space on a site in desperate need of renovation.
Following the approval for the plan, leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Jim Harker, said: “We are clearly delighted to have secured this permission which is a real landmark, paving the way to one of the most significant regeneration developments in the town under the Northampton Alive programme.
“This building is essential for us as an organisation as it will allow us to make £54m of savings by moving out of a current stock of 12 expensive-to- run, ageing HQ buildings in Northampton into one purpose-built energy efficient, low carbon building.
“Moreover the new headquarters will bring 2,000 members of staff into the town centre giving a welcome boost to traders by bringing more spending power into the area,” Councillor Harker added.
The construction company for the building, originally designed by international architecture and engineering company BDP, will be revealed in September before work begins early next year.