Vision for landmark office block Eastleigh House revealed

How Eastleigh house will look

How Eastleigh House currently looks

First published in Eastleigh Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

THIS is the bold vision of a multi-million pound civic hub in the heart of a Hampshire town.

One of Eastleigh’s biggest office blocks, Eastleigh House, is earmarked for an extensive refurbishment to create a bright new focal point for the area.

The new home of Eastleigh Borough Council would also include a landmark “glass box” – the latest part of regeneration plans that are set to change the face of the town centre forever.

Council bosses say their Leigh Road headquarters are no longer fit for purpose and want to move in to a smaller, more environmentally friendly base.

Eastleigh House, built in the 1970s, would get a new facade with bright cladding fixed to the exterior.

The concrete entrance to nextdoor Wessex House – also owned by the council – would be demolished and “remodelled” to increase the light in the area while there would be a new extension linking the two buildings. The glass box would form a “welcoming” entrance to Eastleigh House at the corner of Romsey Road and Upper Market Street, according to plans drawn up by architects Stride Treglown.

Civic chiefs hope the eye-catching design will spark extra development in the town centre and draw in thousands of extra people, boosting local businesses.

The box would also include “touch-down points, meeting rooms and break-out spaces”. Solar panels would be added to the roof of the building as part of moves to improve the council’s environmental credentials.

If the scheme gets a vote of conference in August building work could start as soon as October with council staff eventually moving in at the end of March 2014.

Critics of the office move have pointed to the lack of parking facilities in the town centre and say the Leigh Road offices, purpose built and opened in 1976, are still useable.

But council leader Keith House says the scheme will be cost neutral when taking into account the cost of revamping the authority’s current home while the new base is close to the town’s train and bus stations.

Civic chiefs snapped up Eastleigh House in 2011 at a cost of £4.5m – Wessex House is worth a similar amount.

The fee for revamping the buildings has yet to be revealed.

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7:07pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Stillness says...

So the old one is a square block and so is the new one. Great achievement lol.
So the old one is a square block and so is the new one. Great achievement lol. Stillness
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9:00pm Thu 5 Jul 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

And "thousands of extra people" will be drawn to Eastleigh!!! It's total gridlock at rush hour around that area now!!
See sense and build it out of town,perhaps up near the old Fleming Park Golf Course.
And "thousands of extra people" will be drawn to Eastleigh!!! It's total gridlock at rush hour around that area now!! See sense and build it out of town,perhaps up near the old Fleming Park Golf Course. 100%HANTSBOY
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9:42pm Thu 5 Jul 12

userds5050 says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
And "thousands of extra people" will be drawn to Eastleigh!!! It's total gridlock at rush hour around that area now!!
See sense and build it out of town,perhaps up near the old Fleming Park Golf Course.
Ha, that's where the council office already is. They obviously want to develop that site and are trying to sell this one.
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: And "thousands of extra people" will be drawn to Eastleigh!!! It's total gridlock at rush hour around that area now!! See sense and build it out of town,perhaps up near the old Fleming Park Golf Course.[/p][/quote]Ha, that's where the council office already is. They obviously want to develop that site and are trying to sell this one. userds5050
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10:43pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Eastleigh Bloke says...

Taking EVERYTHING into account, cost will be around £25m. It'll just be added to the £100m of debt the council already has.

There was a study done sometime ago regarding the cost of refurbishing the old building against the cost of rebuilding Eastleigh House. KH didn't like that study as Eastleigh House was way more expensive, so he had the report changed.

Nobody wants this mov apart from Keith House, but nobody can stand up to him or they'll lose their jobs or their seats.
Its just willy waving - other councils are having new buildings so he wants one.

Its fine for the people of Eastleigh town centre to visit, but a real pain for the rest of the residents of the Borough.
Taking EVERYTHING into account, cost will be around £25m. It'll just be added to the £100m of debt the council already has. There was a study done sometime ago regarding the cost of refurbishing the old building against the cost of rebuilding Eastleigh House. KH didn't like that study as Eastleigh House was way more expensive, so he had the report changed. Nobody wants this mov apart from Keith House, but nobody can stand up to him or they'll lose their jobs or their seats. Its just willy waving - other councils are having new buildings so he wants one. Its fine for the people of Eastleigh town centre to visit, but a real pain for the rest of the residents of the Borough. Eastleigh Bloke
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1:07am Fri 6 Jul 12

Bose99 says...

How can remodelling of council-owned offices bring in thousands of people? The main advantage, I guess, it would that it is closer to the station and transport hubs than the old one is.
How can remodelling of council-owned offices bring in thousands of people? The main advantage, I guess, it would that it is closer to the station and transport hubs than the old one is. Bose99
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7:02am Fri 6 Jul 12

Eastleigh Bloke says...

Lots of benefit claimants forced to go into the town centre. That should increase spend - in parking charges if nothing else.
Lots of benefit claimants forced to go into the town centre. That should increase spend - in parking charges if nothing else. Eastleigh Bloke
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10:32am Sun 8 Jul 12

ohec says...

I would like to know more about why the present office is no longer fit for purpose and also some costings how much would it cost to revamp the current office, what is the value of the current office and what would become of it. This all sounds very dubious to me, i think the current location is better in every respect and it is better to have too much space than not enough, also i would have though that with the location of Eastleigh House it would have been very marketable. So i am not convinced at all that the move would be in the best interest of anybody other than staff wanting to pop out at lunch time to shop or snack.
I would like to know more about why the present office is no longer fit for purpose and also some costings how much would it cost to revamp the current office, what is the value of the current office and what would become of it. This all sounds very dubious to me, i think the current location is better in every respect and it is better to have too much space than not enough, also i would have though that with the location of Eastleigh House it would have been very marketable. So i am not convinced at all that the move would be in the best interest of anybody other than staff wanting to pop out at lunch time to shop or snack. ohec
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