Falkirk Council approves new office HQ and arts centre

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Falkirk headquarters,

Plans for a new council headquarters building containing an Arts Centre, central ‘hub’ and library has been approved Falkirk Council

The new Falkirk headquarters will be in the town centre and will provide 130 workstations plus touchdown space.

The total cost of the project will be an estimated £43.5m within the agreed limit of £45m.

The new centre will also include:

  • Elected members accommodation
  • 550 seat theatre and associated studio space
  • Accommodate Falkirk library, central advice hub and shared cafeteria.

Two other spaces will be upgraded to provide office accommodation at Block 4, Central Business Park, Larbert (the former Thomas Cook building).

This will contain 280 workspaces plus touchdown space as well as accommodate an IT data centre, a resilience and out-of-hours hub and training facilities.

It has also been agreed to use the West Stand/First floor, Falkirk Community Stadium offering around 210 workspaces plus touchdown space with expected entry date 2022/23.

Savings through relocation

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, leader of Falkirk Council said: “This is about an opportunity to revitalise, rejuvenate and repurpose Falkirk’s town centre.

“It will allow us to transform and enhance the town and boost our local economy across the area.

“The new building will provide a central location for arts and community activities as well as some of our frontline services.

“In addition, we would relocate the library to this venue and provide a modern and sustainable location that will boost numbers in the town centre.

“The current HQ is at the end of its life and is entirely uneconomic to repair, with annual running costs measured in hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“Creating modern office space in Central Business Park and the Falkirk Stadium will be relatively easy, with both locations providing employees with space to collaborate and work in new ways while they find a balance between home and office working that meets their needs and those of their role, once restrictions ease.”

Meiklejohn added: “We are transforming how we do things as a council and by closing inefficient large buildings, we can make vast savings through relocation.

“Our next priority is to work with developers and local landowners to see what can be achieved in partnership that will benefit the town centre the most.”

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