Civic Centre in Scunthorpe is put up for sale by North Lincolnshire Council
The Civic Centre in Scunthorpe has been put up for sale
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 15 Sep 2017
North Lincolnshire Council's Civic Centre headquarters in Scunthorpe could be turned into a hotel, residential or leisure facility after being put up for sale today (Friday, September 15).
The authority is working with the Lincoln office of national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton and is now offering the freehold of the Grade II listed building to a developer or joint-venture partner.
The council announced in January last year that it was looking to move its staff to Church Square House and an extension to that building is included as part of an overall £60 million town centre regeneration scheme which was unveiled earlier this summer.
It is now working with Lambert Smith Hampton to find an alternative use for the Civic Centre after council staff move out, which is expected to happen next year.
A brochure released today by the council and the agent says the Civic Centre would represent an "exciting redevelopment/refurbishment project".
It says: "With the building being Grade II listed this is an excellent opportunity to bring forward a mixed residential, employment and/or leisure opportunity.
"The property extends to 35,336 sq ft (3,282.7 square metres) of offices, council chamber and public rooms which would in the agent’s opinion, present an opportunity for partial residential conversion and part-leisure use.
"Being located adjacent to existing leisure and sports facilities and mature well laid out and maintained public open space, the sale represents an opportunity to create a new development in a mature location."
The council is aiming to take its employees into the heart of Scunthorpe town centre with the move to Church Square House.
The Church Square house extension in Scunthorpe
Bosses at the authority also say they are looking to use fewer buildings in the future, and to use them more effectively.
Chris Fairbrother, group manager for asset and estate management at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "Now is the time to start seeking a developer or joint venture partner to bring forward the redevelopment of the Civic Centre.
"This Grade II listed building has been an important landmark building within the town since its construction in the mid-1960s and it is important that we secure the best terms for the building and the right sort of redevelopment."
Councillor Neil Poole, the authority's cabinet member for investment, asset management and employment said: "It is a striking building, set in beautiful parkland so creates a fantastic opportunity for the right person or company.
"At this stage, we are open to ideas and will soon be inviting expressions of interest from potential developers and joint venture partners from October 20.
"The town is at the start of a major journey that will see it transform into a bustling centre that will attract more residents, visitors, workers, students and those wanting to enjoy their leisure time.
"Work is well under way and now is the right time to seek a partner."
Sam Elkington, Director at Lambert Smith Hampton’s Lincoln office, said: "Being involved in this disposal of an important asset such as the Civic Centre for North Lincolnshire Council is a prestigious instruction for us to have secured.
"The vacating of the building by the council will present an excellent opportunity for a developer to prepare proposals for the redevelopment of the building, ensuring that the elements of the same which are of Grade II listed status are maintained.
"Being so well located as it is on the edge of Central Park and with easy access to the town centre, one envisages that the likely use for the building going forward is going to be a residential redevelopment incorporating the public features such as the civic suite and council chamber into some form of leisure activity. It could also potentially be used as a hotel."
“By using our national brand and expertise we will be going out nationwide to find potential developers for the scheme. The £60m investment that the Council is spearheading in the town centre is complemented by the redevelopment of this building.”