Harrogate council building sold

Scottsdale House

5:28pm 8th August 2017
(Updated 5:35pm 8th August 2017)

Harrogate Borough Council has sold one of its buildings, as work on the authority's new headquarters continues.

Contracts have been exchanged with Scottsdale Properties Ltd, which is buying Scottsdale House on Springfield Avenue.

Ascot Lloyd, one of the UK's leading national firms of independent financial advisers, will be relocating from its current offices at Windsor Court to Scottsdale House.

Scottsdale Properties Ltd is proposing to redevelop the site and create new state-of-the-art offices, which could accommodate more than 200 full-time jobs with on-site parking.

Since the start of the year, a number of council-owned offices have been sold ahead of its move to a purpose-built civic centre at Knapping Mount.

In January, the council completed the sale of its Victoria Park House offices, on Victoria Avenue, to local property developer Hornbeam Park Developments, which is also planning to create new office accommodation.

In March, the council exchanged contracts on the sale of its Crescent Gardens offices with Adam Thorpe Property Group PLC, through its subsidiary ATP (Crescent Gardens) Ltd, which is proposing to transform the building into 14 apartments, an art gallery, restaurant and two retail units.

Councillor Graham Swift, Harrogate Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Resources, Enterprise and Economic Development, said: "We are delighted to have exchanged contracts on our Scottsdale House offices with an extremely successful business, which already has a major presence within our town.

"Scottsdale House occupies a fantastic town centre location and the move is great news, as it indicates the confidence major businesses have in our local economy by committing to our district for the long term.

"Such moves can have a real positive impact, providing a boost for established businesses, and encouraging other businesses to consider locating in our district.

"The disposal of Scottsdale House, Crescent Gardens and Victoria Park House will also stimulate the local economy through the creation of both permanent and temporary jobs.

"Scottsdale House has served the council well for the last 30 years. However, the council will soon be entering a new chapter in its life with our relocation to a new civic centre. The move will have far-reaching benefits for the community by helping us to improve on the excellent service we offer and it will generate over £1 million of long-term savings every year for the council tax payer."

Patrick Finnegan, from Scottsdale Properties Ltd, added: "We are pleased that Scottsdale House is to be retained as offices rather than be converted to residential accommodation. We see this as being vital in order for the survival and growth of Harrogate town centre.

"Without the continued presence of offices and businesses in the town centre, local shops and services are not sustainable. Our plan is that Scottsdale House will offer state-of-the-art facilities. The objective is to create premier offices in the Harrogate area that will help to promote Harrogate itself and attract forward-thinking businesses to the area."

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