Offices plan for former working men’s club
A BUILDING society is looking to convert a former club in Harborough into offices.
Market Harborough Building Society has submitted proposals to turn the former Working Men’s Club in Northampton Road into office space.
According to plans submitted to Harborough District Council, the society would look to employ up to 25 staff in the building.
Overlooking the River Welland, the 115-year-old Working Men’s Club closed last year in the face of mounting debts.
Building society chief executive Mark Robinson told the Mail this week: “It’s an opportunity we want to explore. We’re developing the business and it is premises which are close to Welland House [the building society’s branch in The Square] so it seemed a natural thing to explore.
“We’re committed to Harborough and if we can put a redundant building to a good use then that can only be a good thing.”
Mr Robinson said the building society would see if council planners agree to a change of use for the premises before deciding whether to go ahead.
Established in 1870, the building society has branches in Corby, Kettering, Desborough, Rothwell and Kibworth.
It has an agency in Earls Barton and recently opened a second in Lutterworth.
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