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Symington Building’s new era as council moves back home

The foyer in the main entrance at the revamped Harborough District Council HQ which leads to the customer services reception area. Picture by Neil Hoyles (www.neilhoylephotography.com).

The foyer in the main entrance at the revamped Harborough District Council HQ which leads to the customer services reception area. Picture by Neil Hoyles (www.neilhoylephotography.com).

Harborough District Council has confirmed the date when its revamped office will be reopening to the public.

The council is leaving its temporary offices at Millers House in Roman Way and moving back to its redeveloped headquarters in Adam and Eve Street later this month.

It will then reopen the customer services reception at the newly-christened The Symington Building on Monday, January 27.

The Victorian building has undergone a major transformation in the past 12 months.

The council says visitors to the reception will be able to make use of more service points, private rooms for confidential discussions, an improved seating environment, internet-based self-service points and a more efficient queuing system.

The former R & WH Symington corset factory building will eventually accommodate the integrated Harborough Museum and Harborough Library in a new learning and heritage hub, as well as shops, businesses and some county council services.

The library will remain at Millers House until Saturday, February 8. It will then be closed for refurbishment from February 10 for about eight weeks, re-opening at The Symington Building in April .

Harborough Museum will reopen at The Symington Building in the spring.

Cllr Paul Bremner, the district council’s portfolio holder for assets, said: “This year will be the start of a new era for this iconic building.

“Not only have we maximised the use of the building, we are providing the best facilities and services we can for the community, while delivering value for money for local people.”

Council meetings will begin to be hosted at the offices from the end of March following the installation of signs and the testing of audio and visual equipment in the revamped council chamber.

The redevelopment is part of the council’s transformation programme which sets out to save at least £3million over the next five years by transforming services and the way it uses its assets.

 

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