New home for Northamptonshire County Council
The design of the new headquarters of Northamptonshire County Council - codenamed Project Angel - has been selected, with the local authority set to move into a new £54 million premises.
It will see the centralisation of all council services and staff in the area, replacing the current 12 ageing premises that are spread out across the region. In total, more than 2,000 council employees will be housed at the new venture.
Six potential designs from a number of firms were considered by the local authority for its new headquarters, with the winning concept coming from architect and engineering group BDP - design C in the public consultation on the plans.
It is to be located on Angel Street in Northampton, with the design of the building aiming to save millions of pounds of taxpayer's money over the coming years, as well as providing a considerable boost to the town's economy.
Indeed, the council's figures reveal the current running costs of local authority buildings in the county are upwards of £53,000 per week, with John Dryden House - the main council offices - costing more than £1 million per year at present.
Consolidating these facilities into a council headquarters, complete with the latest energy-saving and carbon reduction technologies, will therefore help to reduce expenditure and provide better value for the taxpayer.
Leader of the council Jim Harker said: "This project is so important not only in helping us rise to our significant and ever growing financial challenges but also in helping to give real support to Northampton town centre's economy.
"I am therefore very pleased that we are already in a position to announce the design team we will be working with and have in front of us the concepts of what this exciting development will look like."
Work is scheduled to get underway on the new headquarters from early 2015, with the local authority now set to tender for a construction firm to take on building responsibilities for the site.
Council leaders will now also develop the design alongside partner BDP so full planning permission for the development can be sought by February 2014 at the latest.
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