Report says plans for £43m Project Angel are progressing well

Angel Street
Angel Street

Plans to build a new £43 million head office for Northamptonshire County Council in Northampton town centre are progressing well, a report has said.

The scheme, dubbed Project Angel, will see the county council move all of its operations and 2,000 employees into Angel Street.

The authority says the move will save it up to £54 million in future building maintenance costs, and relocating staff will boost trade in the town by up to £12 million.

A report, which will be considered by the authority’s ruling cabinet today, says the design process has been completed, and will enable a “robust, detailed planning application.”

It goes on to say that work will now start on the procurement and award of the contract for the job, and that it is still on target for completion by the end of 2016.

A recent in terms of ‘delivery confidence assessment’ is amber/green, which is defined as: “Successful delivery appears probable, however constant attention will be needed to ensure risks do not materialise into major issues threatening delivery.”

The report says: “At this stage of the project this assessment rating is highly encouraging with the prospect of moving into green highly probable.”

An independent review called the plan a “well-managed scheme which continues to make excellent progress,” with “evidence of a strong approach to risk management and appropriate mitigation actions.”

A public consultation was held on the plans last month, and responses will be included in the planning application.