Plans unveiled to refurbish Travis Perkins' headquarters in Northampton as part of £4million project

"Travis Perkins requires new good quality HQ office premises that are large enough to meet its future needs"

Friday, 21st May 2021, 2:43 pm
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 2:44 pm

Plans have been unveiled to refurbish Travis Perkins headquarters in Northampton as part of a £4million project.

The proposals say that Travis Perkins' Lodge Way House and Ryehill House, on Lodge Farm Industrial Estate, just off the Harlestone Road, are 'no longer fit for purpose'.

Travis Perkins said the refurbishment plans have been submitted to the council as it needs 'good quality' office space to meet 'future needs'.

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An artist's impression of what the new HQ could look like

The development would look to give the two buildings 'more of a campus or collegiate feel', and would create an extra 100 jobs, according to Travis Perkins.

Planning papers say: "At the core of this approach is the desire for the new workplace to feel like a ‘home from home’.

"Lodge Way House and the Harveys building are no longer fit for purpose. They provide old, poor quality accommodation that is no longer suited for modern business operations

"Travis Perkins requires new good quality HQ office premises that are large enough to meet its future needs, based upon a £4 million refurbishment of Ryehill House and an extension to it.

An artist's impression of what the new HQ could look like

"The scheme should be of a good quality to attract prospective employees from the Northampton area and beyond."

The headquarters would be used as a 'hub facility where many staff will attend for meetings or to catch up with colleagues', Travis Perkins said.

It will also be home to 1,100 employees, but they would be flexible workers and not all attend the office at the same time.

There have been concerns raised by local residents about parking.

The current car parking at Ryehill House (151 spaces) and Lodge Way House (234 spaces) amounts to 385 spaces in total.

According to planning papers, the plans would see 410 spaces in total at the site.

Travis Perkins says the plans have been reviewed which 'should reduce the traffic concerns'.

The Harveys building on Lodge Farm, which Travis Perkins used to occupy, has already been sold and will become a Lidl.