Project Angel is the exciting new public sector headquarters situated in the middle of Northampton town centre just behind County Hall.
The new, modern Northamptonshire County Council building will be able to house up to 2,000 professional workers and bring a minimum of £12 million additional spend into the town centre economy. It will provide a modern vibrant office environment, whilst improving the aesthetics and function of an underused brownfield area.
The county council is committed to the regeneration of Northampton town centre and this invest-to-save project is enabling us to dramatically reduce our property and energy costs, saving up to £51 million over 30 years and is an important part of the exciting Northampton Alive regeneration programme.
Our vision is a public sector hub that promotes close working collaboration by providing shared workspace for 2,000 public sector employees. These will include the retained section of NCC, the council-owned federation of social enterprises and organisations,
LGSS as well as other public sector organisations.
Benefits of Project Angel
- Project Angel will be delivered at no additional cost to the taxpayer
- The new office development will save up to £51 million of taxpayers' money over the next 30 years as we move out of 12 expensive to run Northampton-based offices into one fit-for-purpose and energy efficient building
- By bringing 2,000 professional workers into the town centre, prosperity will be boosted generating a minimum of £12 million increased spending
- The county council is committed to the regeneration of Northampton town centre. Project Angel is one of several council projects which are part of Northampton Alive, an initiative aimed at regenerating the town centre
The new building will dramatically reduce our current energy and maintenance costs and carbon emissions
- The new build project will increase local employment opportunities during both the construction stage and longer term employment
- Promotes and aids future public sector partner collaboration opportunities by delivering a building which is flexible to change
Following an extensive Official Journal of the European Community (OJEU) procurement process, contractors Galliford Try Construction Limited have been appointed to build Project Angel on a design and build contract basis.
Galliford Try's commitments
A number of opportunities within the local community will be provided by Galliford Try. They have committed to deliver the following:
- A minimum of 750 people with a Northamptonshire postcode will work on site
- A minimum of £15 million of construction work will be delivered through local companies, with a target of £20 million. A contract worth £12 million has already been awarded to local M&E Contractor Briggs & Forrester
- 20 days of charity work to Northamptonshire charities
- Link with the Hope Centre providing a minimum of 100 days work experience.
- Work opportunities offered via the Prince's Trust
- Links with Northamptonshire colleges, promoting apprenticeships and employment opportunities during both the construction and operation phases
Facts and figures
- 3,400 cubic metres of concrete obstructions have been broken out of the ground; crushed and re-used for the piling mat
- 197 perimeter contiguous piles have been installed to the north of the site which total 1.37 miles in length
- 1,100 lorry loads of excess material has been removed from the site
- 25,000+ hours have been worked on site accident free
What will the new building be like?
As a modern, open plan office environment with different work settings for different activities, Project Angel will provide break out areas and both formal and informal meeting areas. The building will be designed to enable greater collaboration, increased flexibility and promote partnership working.
The external facade of the building is now fixed and the design has been approved by Northampton Borough Council Planning Department.