PREPARATIONS for the redevelopment of Harborough District Council’s HQ are well underway.
The council has already begun relocating staff from its existing offices in Adam and Eve Street to the nearby Millers House premises in Roman Way, ready for the revamp.
Other staff will move across next week, as well as to other offices across the district.
Millers House will house many of the council’s services, including the customer services walk-in reception.
From Monday, January 21 the council’s reception opening hours at Millers House will be 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with an exception of 9.30am on a Wednesday.
Harborough library will be open to the public from January 21 until early in 2014, after which point it will move back to the first floor of the redeveloped Adam and Eve Street building.
There will be two days, Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18, when there will be no face-to-face council services available from the Adam and Eve Street offices or Millers House.
The council website www.harborough.gov.uk and telephone service (01858 828282) will be available as usual on those dates.
The finished building will have retail space on the ground floor, the library and museum on the first floor and office space above.
Cllr Mike Rook, leader of the council, said: “This is a hugely exciting time. It has taken a lot of hard work to vacate such a large building, and it’s good that this temporary arrangement keeps the council offices close to the existing headquarters.
“When the redeveloped building is opened with new shops and businesses, café, and cultural facilities, it will be such an improvement and a real boon for the town.”
The library at Millers House will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8.45am until 6pm, from Wednesday through to Friday from 8.45am until 5pm, and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm.
During the redevelopment, council and planning meetings will take place in the Three Swans Hotel in High Street, Harborough.
The Lutterworth Pavilion, in the Coventry Road Rec, will be used for executive and scrutiny meetings.
The redevelopment of the Adam and Eve Street building is part of a wider Transformation Programme looking to save at least £3 million over the next 5 years by transforming the services offered by the council and the way it uses its property assets.