Future use of County Hall site in Northampton under review

County Hall, Northampton
County Hall, Northampton

A review of the future use of County Hall in Northampton is being carried out ahead of the opening of the new headquarters building.

Northamptonshire County Council is spending about £50 million building a new office in Angel Street which it says will reduce the cost of running its existing buildings and bring more money into the town economy.

A property and construction company has been brought in to carry out a feasibility study for the County Hall site. No possible options have been outlined as yet.

A spokesman for Gleeds said: “Following the occupation of the Council’s new offices on Angel Street, their current premises will have capacity for alternative uses.

“The project will involve a thorough review of the basic function and condition of the property before the consortium suggest robust and deliverable options for the various buildings. These include the main County Hall, Sessions House and The Judges Lodgings amongst others,” he said.

Gleeds also worked alongside the county council on ‘Project Angel’, their new public sector headquarters situated in the middle of Northampton town centre.

Darren Crocker, Gleeds director for asset management, said: “I am delighted to be working with Northamptonshire County Council again on the future of the County Hall site and am confident in our ability to replicate the success of Project Angel. We intend to preserve the heritage of the buildings while optimising their value to the council and the local community”.

Councillor Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council added: “This project is a great opportunity to give something back to Northampton. By adopting sustainable and alternative uses for the site we protect its heritage while identifying a variety of income generating opportunities.”

Latham Architects will be responsible for the design and Innes England will be acting as property agents.