Posted: Thu 15th Mar 2018

Councillors set to approve funding to bulldoze part of County Hall

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 15th, 2018

Councillors will be asked to approve funding for the demolition of phases three and four of County Hall in Mold and the wider site redevelopment of the Raikes Lane campus.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will meet next week to discuss the plans as the local authority prepares a number of pieces to redevelop the Mold Campus. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A large number of the council’s workforce will move Unity House on St David’s Park in Ewloe aspart of the plans. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Phase three houses the councils CTV’s operations while phase four has been out of use for a number of years. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Currently annual operating costs for the building is around £1.2m it is estimated maintenance costs for the next 25 years will hit in excess of £26m. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Leader of the Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The project has a number of phases which will see staff relocated to Unity House, in Ewloe, and initially the demolition of phases 3 and 4 which are already empty.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This will be followed by a programme of more detailed regeneration work for the whole site and, to achieve this, we will seek a development partner to assist us with the regeneration of the site post demolition of the building.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This is an exciting time and a complex project which we feel sure will attract the right type of innovative and visionary partners. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“County Hall is an old building which has served its purpose effectively for many years.  However, it’s also an expensive building to run and  the Council needs to look at all the options it has available to it to create efficiencies in this challenging financial climate.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We have been undertaking a review of our corporate property assets for a while and we were always going to reach a point where our focus and emphasis would turn to County Hall.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Our proposals for the site are ambitious and the work complex but the outcomes feed into our medium term financial strategy and will ultimately support and protect front line services.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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