Building starts on offices

Graham Hutchinson (RDC Project Manager); Michael Dowson (RDC Assistant Project Director) Stephen Gardiner, ESH Build Site Manager; Les Hunter, ESH Build Contracts Manager 'Front row: Callum McKeon (RDC Director); Tony Clark (RDC Managing Director), Councillor John Blackie
Graham Hutchinson (RDC Project Manager); Michael Dowson (RDC Assistant Project Director) Stephen Gardiner, ESH Build Site Manager; Les Hunter, ESH Build Contracts Manager 'Front row: Callum McKeon (RDC Director); Tony Clark (RDC Managing Director), Councillor John Blackie

Work on a £2million scheme to create a new home for Richmondshire District Council has begun.

Contractors have moved on to the former Lower School site in Richmond – Leeds based, ESH Build expect to have the new base ready by summer 2013.

Plans to create the new base have been in the pipeline for many years – but redeveloping the old school site into state of the art accommodation will bring all services under one roof for the first time in the authority’s history.

Existing offices in Swale House, Frenchgate and Friars Wynd will close and the Community Office in Dundas Street will be transferred to the new building.

“We have been searching for a solution to the current poor office accommodation for the last ten years,” said Leader of the Council, Coun John Blackie.”