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New council HQ scheme to include apartments

The new council headquarters for the District of Warwick will not just need offices to be furnished and insulated, but a lot of homes too. 

Indeed, shower waterproofing insulators will have around 44 new homes to deal with as part of the project to replace the existing council building with a new mixed-use development in Leamington Spa town centre.

In addition, the Riverside House building that the council currently operates from will be turned into another property development, featuring 170 homes.

The scheme has been confirmed by the council as a way of cutting costs, as the new £50 million building at Covent Garden will be smaller than its predecessor and cost £300,000 a year less to run. As well as the council building and new flats, it will feature a multi-storey car park. Specialist public sector property investment firm Public Sector PLC will be working alongside the local authority on the scheme.

Leader of Warwick District Council Andrew Mobbs said: "I'm delighted that we are now making significant progress with our pragmatic plans which will see a smaller and more efficient council HQ and at the same time provide a stunning new gateway development in Leamington town centre and much needed new housing."

The project evidently offers benefits all round: lower council costs in a time of austerity, more housing and greater energy efficiency in a scaled-down building that uses less power. Needless to say, the new properties will prove useful in a commuter town within easy reach of Birmingham and offering plenty of attraction to potential residents thanks to its spa town history and attractive townscape featuring grand Regency architecture.

Warwick is certainly not the only council to move to a new and more modern headquarters. East Devon District Council is doing likewise, with its new headquarters at Honiton Heathpark currently under construction. 

It hopes to move in next December, leaving behind its current building at Knowle in Sidmouth.