26 February 2014

Final detailed plans to transform a large area of derelict land into a 21st century office complex in the heart of Northampton are being submitted by Northamptonshire County Council today for planners to consider.

The designs show how the council is planning new office accommodation in the town’s Angel Street allowing it to centralise its Northampton-based staff into the town-centre; out of an existing stock of 12 ageing buildings into one energy efficient office helping to save taxpayers up to £54m in future building maintenance costs.

Also this week new signage has been at the site showing what it could soon look like if approval is given to the scheme – which is forecast to boost town trade by up to £12m by moving 2,000 employees into the town centre.

Northampton Alive

Leader of the council Cllr Jim Harker said: “This is another critical step in our journey in making this ambitious and exciting project a reality. This project is all about helping to regenerate Northampton town-centre as part of the Northampton Alive project, while also ensuring our own office accommodation is as efficient and as cost effective as possible.

“Not only will this scheme bring thousands of people and hence spending power into the town but also offers us the opportunity to get out of the buildings we simply can no longer afford to keep. Put simply we can no longer afford our current portfolio of properties in Northampton. Because of their age our current stock of buildings cost us £53,000 a week just to keep running. This is clearly not sustainable. By investing now in one new energy efficient and fit for purpose office we will save taxpayers money for years to come.

“I am delighted to now be in a position to submit these plans. They are another example of how working together with partners is really seeing exciting development in Northampton – which is so critical to the economic prosperity of the whole county."