Construction of Northamptonshire County Council’s new £53 million headquarters will officially start next week.
The building work, known as Project Angel, will result in county council staff moving out of 12 buildings in Northampton, including County Hall, into one purpose-built headquarters in the town centre.
The first phase of the works on the authority’s former staff car park in Northampton’s Angel Street will focus on preparing the site for construction, including the demolition of several small buildings, with the actual concrete shell of the building emerging over the summer months this year.
The work is being carried out by contractor Galliford Try and it is expected that the building will be formally handed over to the county council after completion by the end of October 2016 with full occupation by December of that year.
Councillor Jim Harker, county council leader, will officially mark the start of work next Tuesday by taking part in a sod cutting ceremony
Mr Harker said: “I’m delighted that the project is now underway. This is a very important scheme not only for the county council but for the regeneration of Northampton and for the county as a whole.
“Not only will it save millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money by moving out of old inefficient buildings but it will also boost Northampton by bringing 2,000 office workers back into the town centre.
“We’ve already seen a number of redevelopment projects in Northampton, creating a county town of which we can all be proud.”
Sean Bowles, Galliford Try regional managing director, said: “Everybody at Galliford Try is delighted to have reached the starting point of this prestigious building. We will be working hard with the council and all the partners involved in this scheme to ensure that we produce the high quality facilities that the council, their employees and the people of Northamptonshire need to effectively deliver and access important services.”
It is proposed that the remaining parts of County Hall will be maintained by the county council for its democratic function – namely the council chamber – and a small number of staff.