07 January 2014

People will be able to have their say on the designs being proposed by Northamptonshire County Council to transform a large area of derelict land into a 21st century office complex.

Designs are soon to be submitted to planners at Northampton Borough Council for new office accommodation in the town’s Angel Street which will allow the county council to centralise its Northampton-based staff out of an existing stock of 12 ageing buildings into one energy efficient building to avoid up to £54m in future building maintenance costs.

What are the benefits?

Designs for the new building, which would also help boost town trade by up to £12m by moving 2,000 employees into the town-centre, are now up for public comment at a special exhibition being held in the town’s Grosvenor Centre this week.

Leader of the council Cllr Jim Harker said: “This year will see this project truly starting to come to life and this exhibition is the first of many developments this year. We will be showing a set of designs for the new building at the Grosvenor Centre this week to give as many people as possible the chance to see them and then give their views.

“Next month we will submit our proposals to the planning authority and getting people’s views at this stage is a very important part of this process.”

When will the exhibition be held?

The exhibition will be on display at the Grosvenor Centre, between 9am and 6pm, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th January.

People visiting the exhibition will be able to fill in a brief survey giving their views on the designs. These comments will be shared with the design team as part of the design development process. The comments will also then be summarised and included with the final planning application set to be submitted to the borough council in February.