Work starts on £32m Council Headquarters

The development of the new £32m Northumberland County Council Headquarters has reached a major milestone where construction work has now begun, following a ground breaking ceremony on the site.

Arch, has appointed construction company Galliford Try Building Limited, to bring forward the redevelopment of Ashington town centre, the project is expected to provide up to 220 construction jobs over the next 24 months.Of these at least 55 will be new jobs or apprenticeship opportunities for local people.

The scheme involves a smaller and more cost-effective Northumberland County Council headquarters, based on a ‘invest to save’ capital scheme which will save the authority £630,000 a year and almost £16m over the next 25 years – compared to staying at its current site.

Arch is leading on the delivery of a ten-year programme that will invest over £80m in the town and bring 2,000 high-quality jobs to the heart of Ashington, transforming the look and feel of the town centre. The Ashington Investment is one of the biggest regeneration development opportunities in the North East of England.

The new headquarters will cost an estimated £32m and will consist of a five-storey purpose built office building with associated car parking. The building has been designed to use 30% less carbon than a traditional office and will include:
  • Office space for 910 work stations
  • Integrated customer service centre
  • Conference facilities
  • Publicly accessible meeting rooms and
  • Publicly accessible cafe and rest rooms.

Northumberland County Council Leader Grant Davey said: "This is a welcome next step in our market towns initiative to regenerate and improve Northumberland’s towns. We’re pleased to have started work on the scheme which will benefit the town, the county and the wider region."

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, added: “This is going to be a landmark development for Ashington and represents a serious long term and major commitment by creating a superb new town centre environment for local people, creating hundreds of jobs. I am excited to see the plans to revitalise Ashington continuing at pace”.

The development is part of Northumberland County Council’s market towns initiative across the county’s nine main towns – Alnwick, Ashington, Bedlington, Berwick, Cramlington, Blyth, Hexham, Morpeth and Ponteland.
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