Ongo staff begin moving into new Scunthorpe town centre headquarters

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jun 2018

Staff at North Lincolnshire's biggest social landlord have started to move into its new headquarters in Scunthorpe town centre.

Ongo House, in Church Square, will provide office accommodation for more than 120 of Ongo's headquarters staff.

The £5.8 million, two-storey building has been developed by North Lincolnshire Council in partnership with Scunthorpe-based firms Britcon and British Steel.

It forms part of the authority's £60 million regeneration plan for the town centre.

The new Ongo House building in Scunthorpe town centre

The lease on Ongo's previous Meridian House base on Normanby Road in Scunthorpe expires this month and bosses say the move to the town centre demonstrates its long-term commitment to the town as a place to work and live.

Ongo chief executive Steve Hepworth said: "We considered several existing, and some potentially new, sites when looking for a new headquarters but for us there were three important criteria.

"We needed somewhere easily accessible for our customers, on foot and by public transport, somewhere that would be efficient to run and offer better value for money and somewhere that helped our local economy. Ongo House was the only option that met all three criteria.

"This is a really exciting move for us. We have a great new building for our staff and customers and we look forward to seeing the continued investment in this area of the town."

The new office building will provide long-term savings on lease costs for Ongo and is designed to modern efficiency standards, reducing the amount currently spent on energy and maintenance bills.

The organisation's Cole Street customer centre will also move to Ongo House later this month, with the Cole Street site to become Ongo's employment support and recruitment centre later in the summer.

The new Ongo House building will provide office accommodation for more than 120 people (Image: David Haber)

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "The building looks imposing and fits well in Church Square, right in the heart of the town.

"Along with the extension to Church Square House, this will bring hundreds of office workers into the town, giving it a real boost.

"It is part of our £60 million plans to regenerate the town in a private and public sector investment. Already we can see the project taking shape with the completion of Scunthorpe Central in a £1m internal refurbishment to create a one-stop shop of services for the local community.

"And with the new Ongo headquarters ideally situated, we can start to see the benefit of having several organisations working together in close proximity."

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