Work on Northamptonshire County Council’s new headquarters is progressing well and next week will see the laying of a commemorative foundation stone as the £53million complex starts to take shape.
The first phase of the works on the authority’s former staff car park in Northampton’s Angel Street has seen the preparation of the site for construction, including the demolition of several small buildings.
Frame takes shape
Over the next few weeks the frame of the building will start to rise up from the site, before the external shell and glazing is put in place over the coming months.
Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that the project is progressing well and it’s exciting to see the foundations beginning to take shape.
“This building is very significant for the county council as it provides a building which is fit for the future and will bring significant savings in the long term.
“However the building is extremely important to Northampton as a whole as it will house up to 2,000 office workers, which will significantly boost the town centre economy.”
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.
The project will see county council staff moved out of 12 buildings in Northampton, including County Hall, into one purpose-built headquarters in the town centre.
It is proposed that the retained parts of County Hall will be maintained by the county council for its democratic function – namely the council chamber and councillors’ rooms – and a small number of staff.