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Civic Centre seeks alternative use

Grade II listed Civic Centre seeks alternative use as town centre plans get underway

15 September 2017

As part of North Lincolnshire Council’s transformation plans, to change the way it works and create a more flexible workspace for staff, the council is looking to find an alternative use for the Grade II listed Civic Centre in Scunthorpe. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 3 November 2017. For further information, contact Sam Elkington, Lambert Smith Hampton, 1 Oakwood Road, Doddington Road, Lincoln, LN6 3LH or call 01522 814696.

Lambert Smith Hampton, a Lincoln based office of national property consultancy is working on the council’s behalf to find an alternative use for the building.

The move to Church Square House will bring council employees into the heart of Scunthorpe. This ties in with the council’s ambitious plans to increase productivity, business performance, staff morale and staff engagement, which in turn will lead to the retention of a high performing workforce.

The council is changing its workspace to be flexible, accessible and support agile way working. This will support different ways of working for the many different types of work the council does to support people and communities.

The council expects to use fewer buildings and use them more effectively – enabling better outcomes for people.

The council recently announced plans to transform the town centre – part of a £60m regeneration scheme. The plans include moving employees to Church Square in Scunthorpe, next to the site of the new £5m Ongo Headquarters, where work is underway. A new University Centre, revamped library and lots more are also planned.

The Civic Centre has potential for:

  • Mixed use scheme (subject to planning approvals)

  • Joint venture partnership with the council

  • A flexible development that could be for all or part of the site

Chris Fairbrother, Group Manager for Asset and Estate Management at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Now is the time to start seeking a developer or joint venture partner to bring forward the redevelopment of the Civic Centre. This Grade II listed building has been an important landmark building within the town since its construction in the mid-1960s and it is important that we secure the best terms for the building and the right sort of redevelopment.”

Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for Investment, Asset Management and Employment at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“It is a striking building, set in beautiful parkland so creates a fantastic opportunity for the right person or company. At this stage, we are open to ideas and will soon be inviting expressions of interest from potential developers and joint venture partners from 20 October.

“The town is at the start of a major journey that will see it transform into a bustling centre that will attract more residents, visitors, workers, students and those wanting to enjoy their leisure time. Work is well underway and now is the right time to seek a partner.”

Sam Elkington, Director at Lambert Smith Hampton’s Lincoln office, said:

“Being involved in this disposal of an important asset such as the Civic Centre for North Lincolnshire Council is a prestigious instruction for us to have secured. The vacating of the building by the council will present an excellent opportunity for a developer to prepare proposals for the redevelopment of the building.

“Being so well located as they are on the edge of Central Park and with easy access to the town centre, one envisages that the likely use for the building going forward is going to be a residential redevelopment incorporating the public features such as the civic suite and council chamber into some form of leisure activity. It could also potentially be used as a hotel.”

“By using our national brand and expertise we will be going out nationwide to find potential developers for the scheme. The £60m investment that the council is spearheading in the town centre is complimented by the redevelopment of this building.”

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First Published:15 September 2017