Laura Sharman 05 June 2018

Northamptonshire set to sell county hall

Northamptonshire County Council plans to sell its county hall and sub-let parts of its corporate headquarters to generate extra income.

The crisis-hit council sold its One Angel Square headquarters to Canada Life Investments for £64m earlier this year as part of attempts to deliver a balanced budget.

The council is now looking to sell its ‘under-utilised’ county hall and rent out parts of One Angel Square to its partner organisations.

The council’s cabinet member for finance, cllr Michael Clarke, said: ‘The proposed accommodation strategy will allow us to make even better use of our new headquarters.

‘The building was carefully designed to enable flexible ways of working and by reconfiguring the layout, we can maximise the space available to bring partner organisations into One Angel Square, achieving closer collaboration with partners and delivering additional income for the council.

At the same time, we are looking to dispose of the County Hall site which was once our democratic hub and is now hugely under-utilised.’

The council estimates renting out space in One Angel Square would generate around £500,000 per year for the authority.

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