BROMSGROVE’S new multi-million pound community hub on the former Parkside School site will be completed at the end of August.
The historic building, which has been listed by English Heritage, will house the town’s new library, the JobCentre Plus, the registry office, customer service centre, Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council offices and rooms available for private functions.
The project, which is costing £6.9million, was originally due to be completed by December, but because of the age of the building, repairs by developers Thomas Vale have taken a few weeks longer than predicted.
As well as the moving the civic building closer to the town centre, the decision was also taken as the current district council offices in Burcot Lane were deemed to be uneconomical and not fit for purpose.
Bromsgrove District Councillor Rita Dent, whose portfolio covers the town centre, said: “This ground-breaking joint project is an innovative use of space in a beautiful building and we want to make sure it is completed to a high standard.
“It forms an important part of this council’s economic regeneration project to create a Better Bromsgrove and will deliver better services, locally, and save taxpayers money.”
Worcestershire County Councillor Anthony Blagg, who covers the Bromsgrove ward, said: “The hub will not only put all these under one roof, making it easier for our customers to access, but makes a sustainable use of an important building in Bromsgrove, bringing more people to the town centre.”
After completion, the staff will move into the new building at the end of August and in September.