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Plans put forward by civic chiefs to knock down current HQ
11:34am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
WINCHESTER civic chiefs are considering knocking down the council offices and building a new HQ.
Conservative council leader Cllr Keith Wood is due to make an official announcement about what could be a multi-million pound scheme at the next Cabinet meeting on October 23.
The council has refused to confirm the details but it is understood proposals include demolishing the 1960s block on Colebrook Street and extending Grade II listed Winchester Guildhall.
Under the proposals, the current site and council-owned Colebrook Street car park could eventually be sold for housing.
The latest proposals come ten years after the idea of a new council HQ was first mooted. Since then several different schemes have been suggested.
In a statement, Cllr Wood said: “The city offices are now over 40-years-old.
They were built by Condor as a prefabricated building and are well past the end of their planned life.
“Building surveys show they need a significant amount spent on them to repair the roof, windows and much of the structure of the building. Whether that is a viable option is under consideration.”
He went on: “We are reviewing accommodation needs and will use this data to decide the way forward.
“However nothing has been decided about how we will resolve this and there is little we can say about what will happen to the site in future.”
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