Newton Building could become Northampton Partnership Homes’ new office
The future use of the Newton Building, which is being sold to the Council by the University of Northampton, was discussed by Cabinet members on Wednesday, 20 January.
Northampton Borough Council Cabinet members were updated on the discussions that are taking place between the Council and Northampton Partnership Homes in relation to Northampton Partnership Homes’ possible use of the Newton Building as its new office base and a venue from which to deliver tenant engagement and training activities.
This follows the Cabinet’s decision, in December, to give the go-ahead for the Council to purchase and redevelop the University’s Avenue Campus as affordable housing.
Northampton Partnership Homes (the Council’s arms-length management organisation) will oversee the redevelopment of the Avenue Campus, including the construction works, and will be responsible for letting and managing the new council homes when they are built.
The Grade II listed Newton Building, which the Council is purchasing with the Avenue Campus, is situated in St George’s Avenue and has previously been used as the Kingsley Park Middle School and Northampton Grammar School for Girls.
Councillor Tim Hadland, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise said: “Northampton Partnership Homes’ existing office base in Westbridge was only ever intended as short-term. This solution should mean that the staff could move to a permanent home in a matter of months.
“Having previously given careful consideration to a variety of options for moving Northampton Partnership Homes out of Westbridge and into suitable premises, I am excited by this opportunity to meet NPH’s office requirements and maintain the Newton Building’s educational use through NPH’s tenant training and engagement programme.”
The Cabinet discussed the proposals at its virtual meeting streamed directly to YouTube at 6pm on Wednesday, 20 January www.youtube.com/user/northamptonbcTV. Full details on the proposals can be found here.