Work on a proposed new Council HQ located in Falkirk town centre took another step forward this month with the Falkirk Council Executive agreeing to several ‘in principle’ decisions.
The overall requirements of a new building, the outline of the procurement process and agreement on a budget for the project were all approved.
Proposals on the building include:
- a circa 500 workstation facility plus touchdown desks
- a new Central Hub
- a 550 seat arts centre
- shared studio and meeting spaces, capable of community use
- relocation of Falkirk library into the building
Inspection reports in the condition on Municipal Buildings has shown that many aspects have been rated as ‘poor’ including the roof, cladding, windows, heating and electrical systems.
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council said: “Locating a new building in the town centre will help Falkirk to revitalise its town centre. We’re optimistic about moving this project forward and this is the initial stages of what will be an ambitious task. The new building will provide a range of functions and could offer new community space in the heart of the town.”
A finalised location has still to be identified but it is known that it will be in Falkirk town centre. The construction of the new HQ will help in the ongoing work to revitalise Falkirk’s town centre.
As a result of the new building it is proposed to close seven existing council facilities and relocate employees to one location. These include:
- Sealock House
- Callendar Square
- Falkirk Registrars
- Denny Town House
- Abbotsford House
Receipts from the sale of buildings will contribute to the overall costs of the project.
The new building will accommodate up to 830 employees and will use a ratio of 0.6 to allocate space for working.
The project is expected to be completed in 2024.
You can see the full report online.