Landmark council base could be sold off

Tis Harrogate Council Offices on Crescent Gardens.(1401045c)
Tis Harrogate Council Offices on Crescent Gardens.(1401045c)

Harrogate council could be selling its landmark Crescent Gardens offices and moving to a newly-built base off Kings Road.

The council’s cabinet is to consider two options put forward by consultants, costing either £4.8m or between £7.9 and £8.9m.

One option is to invest in upgrading three current council office sites, refurbishing Crescent Gardens, Springfield House and Scottsdale House at a cost of £4.8m.

But building a new base on Knapping Mount, say consultants DTZ, would be more efficient to run and would make “significant savings”. This option would cost the council between £7.9m and £8.9m.

“The council is continually looking at how we can reduce running costs and deliver services more effectively for less money,” said leader, Coun Anthony Alton. “It is important that the buildings the council operates from are cost effective to run.”

Council staff are currently split over five sites at Crescent Gardens, Springfield House, Scottsdale House, Knapping Mount and Victoria Park House.

Now cabinet members are to consider two options for change, with the “most viable option” being to sell them and start again.

The report will be considered by cabinet members on June 19.