Multi-million pound project to refurbish North Herts District Council’s Letchworth offices revealed

PUBLISHED: 10:54 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:19 30 July 2015

An artist's impression of what the proposed council offices would look like.

An artist's impression of what the proposed council offices would look like.

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A £3.45 million project to refurbish North Herts District Council’s offices in Letchworth has been put forward.

The existing North Herts District Council offices. The existing North Herts District Council offices.

The scheme – which has been in the offing for more than three years – would give the Gernon Road buildings a facelift with improvements made to the walls, windows and entrances.

The developers believe the project will allow the council to remain in Letchworth – as oppose to building new offices – while potentially incorporating another organisation to bunk in with them and seeing energy efficient measures introduced.

Councillor Terry Hone, executive member for finance and IT at the district council, said: “In 2012 we reviewed a number of accommodation options and decided that purchasing the council offices and carrying out necessary refurbishments would provide the best value for money in the long term.

“With a budget of £3.45m, the project will involve creating a more flexible workspace and a more energy efficient building.

“We are also exploring the potential to share office space with other organisations, whether that be commercial tenants or community organisations.

“By keeping a town centre presence it also means we can continue to provide a convenient service for residents.”

A consultation period where people can have their say on the council’s plans will run until Thursday, August 20. The application can be inspected at the Gernon Road offices between 9am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday, or alternatively viewed at www.north-herts.gov.uk/planning.

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