Work set to start on £5.7 million Church Square House extension in Scunthorpe
Councillor Rob Waltham leader of North Lincolnshire (third from left) is joined by Britcon construction director Craig McLackland as he takes part in the groundbreaking for the new North Lincolnshire Council offices. (Image: David Haber)
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Jan 2018
Work is set to start on a £5.7 million extension to Church Square House in Scunthorpe.
A ceremony was held yesterday to break the ground at the site ahead of work beginning on constructing the extension to the North Lincolnshire Council building, where 600 of the authority's staff will be based.
Staff will also be moved from the Civic Centre to the extended Church Square House.
The plans come as part of the £60 million investment into the town centre announced by the council in July last year.
Simon Green, executive director of commercial at the authority, said the project forms part of the council's plans to make work more flexible.
"The moving of staff into Church Square will allow them to be more flexible and more productive," he said.
"The clustering of services will allow for more public and private investment in the area as it becomes a place of work for people."
The investment into the Church Square area includes a new office for social landlord Ongo Homes, accommodation for the health authority, investment in Scunthorpe Library and the University Technical College.
As part of the extension, developers Britcon will be constructing the new offices.
Mr Green added that further developments are expected on the Church Square area.
"We're currently in talks with the University of Lincoln regarding the university campus, but we are also talking to other universities," he said.
"We are also continuing to work with the health authority regarding the units of accommodation for the area."
Meanwhile work is continuing on the council's £1 million investment in Scunthorpe Library and construction of the new Ongo offices.
Nolan Bennett, programme director at North Lincolnshire Council, said the new offices would create a good working environment for staff.
"The offices will cater for 250 Ongo staff," he said.
"It's about making a place in Scunthorpe for people to come and work and to attract private investment."
Mr Green added that the scheme looks to shift the position of the town centre and has already seen the likes of Starbucks look to invest in the area.
He said the council hopes that by having workers in the Church Square area, more investment in food and shops would be made in the town.