Harrogate Council insist new HQ is ‘still on target’

Construction of the new headquarters at Knapping Mount is expected to be completed by June, 21
Construction of the new headquarters at Knapping Mount is expected to be completed by June, 21

Harrogate Borough Council has insisted that their flagship new offices remain on schedule and on budget.

Construction of the new headquarters at Knapping Mount is expected to be completed by June, 21 with council workers moving into the £9m office by September according to the council.

Cabinet Member for Resources, Enterprise, Economic Development, Coun Graham Swift said: “We have always been very clear, the office decant and move will be at the end of summer.

“This will be at the beginning of September, the reason for this is - the building is on schedule but there needs to a big period to make sure everything works before people move in.

“And also this means that we can make sure everyone is around to help with the move over summer.”

He added: “The building is not only on schedule but also on budget. We are in quite a good spot, although I do not want to sound smug.”

The main contractor for construction of the new headquarters, Harry Fairclough Construction, currently host a blog with live photos streamed showing updates of their work which is freely available for visitors to view.

Currently the live footage shows the shell of the building encased in scaffolding, but Coun Swift has repeated assurances that the construction remains on schedule to be completed by the end of Spring.

Coun Swift said: The only thing people will look at is the building being finished, that is where the ambiguity is but the time we have left is there as a window.

“The window is there so we can make sure that any snags on the building, minor issues, we can make sure are corrected.

“We have built in a buffer to plan and to make there is not an impediment on our end of Summer commitment.”