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The construction of Northamptonshire County Council’s new headquarters starts today - now an official sod-cutting ceremony has taken place - on what will be the site of the £53m complex.
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.
The first phase of the works on the authority’s former staff car park in Northampton’s Angel Street will focus on preparing the site for construction, including the demolition of several small buildings, with the actual concrete shell of the building emerging over the summer months this year.
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.
Cllr Jim Harker, county council leader, said:
"I’m delighted that the project is now underway. This is a very important scheme not only for the county council but for the regeneration of Northampton and for the county as a whole.
Not only will it save millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money by moving out of old inefficient buildings but it will also boost Northampton by bringing 2,000 office workers back into the town centre.
We’ve already seen a number of redevelopment projects in Northampton, creating a county town of which we can all be proud."