Work has officially started on Northamptonshire County Council’s new £53 million headquarters in Northampton town centre.
This morning (Tuesday), county council leader Jim Harker and a number of his cabinet colleagues removed the first soil on the site of the new office in Angel Street.
The plan, known as Project Angel, will involve the building of a £53 million complex by developers Galliford Try to house staff of Northamptonshire County Council. It aims to be finished and ready to open by autumn next year.
Councillor Harker said the new office would make the council cost and energy efficient for the next 40 years.
He said: “This new project will bring 2,000 people back into the town centre and will provide modern and more efficient accommodation for our staff.
“It will help us to make sure that we as a council continue to be cost and energy efficient for at least the next 30 to 40 years.
“I am looking forward to getting started.”
Galliford Try has completed over £200 million worth of construction in Northamptonshire.
Regional managing director, Sean Bowles, said: “I can’t wait to get going with this.
“This is a landmark scheme which highlights the ambition of the council to make the town a great place to live and work.”
Construction will begin by removing several empty outbuildings in the area before preparing the ground at the site to build on within the next three months. Some of the former buildings used by council staff in the town will be sold off, but some listed building fronts, such as the council chambers, will be kept the same.
Project director at the county council, Richard Beeby, said: “The new building is important for the council for three reasons. It will enable dispersed council staff to integrate and work together in one place, it will save millions in maintenance, and it is a crucial part of the regeneration agenda for the town centre.
“Our commitment to building our own headquarters in Northampton shows we are serious about investing and have confidence in the development of the town centre.”