Invitation from Harrogate Borough Council for tour of the building

Please note an invitation from Harrogate Borough Council 
Interested in having a tour of the new civic centre? Now that work has been completed and the council have moved in we would like to offer the opportunity to have a tour of the building. Tours will take place on Saturday 17th February 2018, with two sessions starting at 10am and 11am and will include a full tour of the building covering areas such as the new customer contact area, café, meeting rooms and Council chamber along with the new office accommodation.
To ensure that we have sufficient officers to assist with the tours we are asking that anyone interested in taking part in one of the tour confirms this via email to or call 01423 500600 and ask for Maxine Smith on ext.58187  by Friday 9th Feb.

Local residents invited for tour of new Civic Centre

Now that the build of the new Harrogate Council Civic Centre is complete, local residents were invited for a tour of the site. We appreciate that living nearby to a live construction site has had many challenges, so we wanted to provide residents with the opportunity to see inside the building they have patiently watched the HFC team create.

Kevin Parrott, Contracts Manager at Harry Fairclough has also asked to pass on his thanks, “We appreciate that living adjacent to a live building site for a project of this size and scale is challenging and we would like to thank all residents for their ongoing patience and feedback during the build of the Civic Centre. During our time on site in Harrogate, we’ve been lucky enough to support the local community in a number of ways from providing work experience to local students, visiting schools and working with a large number of local businesses and we are proud to leave behind a building that will serve that community for years to come.”

(Update: please note the tour date has now passed)

Resident update: Fire Alarm Testing 28-29th Sept

Dear Resident,


As the project to build Harrogate Borough Council’s Civic Centre nears completion and we approach the handover of the building to the council, we will be undertaking vital Health and Safety testing of the building over the coming week. This will include testing the emergency systems and the building’s fire alarms.

Audibility testing will take place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September which may be heard by those living within the immediate vicinity of the building. This will involve us testing the sound levels throughout the building and the surrounding external areas a number of times through the course of the day.

We apologise for any inconvenience that the subsequent noise may cause and will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to undertake the testing and limit disruption.

Thank you for your continued patience,

Kevin Parrott, Contracts Manager at Harry Fairclough

Northern Powerhouse Minister hears of Harrogate’s future development plans

Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, visited Harrogate Borough Council’s new Civic Centre which is nearing completion during a visit to find out about future developments aimed at driving the economic prosperity of the area.

Jake Berry MP Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth visits Harrogate Borough Councils new civic centre

During his visit the Minister was updated on plans for the Station Gateway Project, which aims to provide a development that will be a catalyst for business growth, urban living and retail opportunities.   The scheme also aims to create high quality transport links, including a modern rail interchange which also incorporates buses, cycling, walking, and private cars. The transport element of the scheme has been indicatively allocated £1 million in growth deal funding from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.

The Minister also learnt of redevelopment plans for the Harrogate Convention Centre, which if approved following the development of a business case, would see it become an ‘event complex’, possibly incorporating accommodation, retail outlets and leisure facilities.

The Minister’s visit to Harrogate ended with a tour of the council’s new Civic Centre, which sees five old offices and portacabins replaced by a modern, environmentally efficient, ‘one stop’ customer focused building which will deliver operating benefits and financial savings of around £1 million a year.

The Minister was shown round the new building, which will be operational from the autumn, and briefed about the district’s economic growth strategy and future development plans by Councillor Richard Cooper; Leader of Harrogate Borough Council; the council’s Chief Executive Wallace Sampson; and it’s Director of Economy and Culture, Trevor Watson.

Councillor Richard Cooper said: “A strong local economy is one of our four priorities and this was a great opportunity to show the Minister some of the ambitious plans we have to create a more sustainable economy delivering the jobs, transport and housing we need.

“It was useful to discuss opportunities for devolution with the Minister. This council stands committed to working across the region building the basis for continued economic growth.  This partnership – hopefully through an imaginative and comprehensive devolution deal – will deliver better transport links and better broadband among many other aspects that will stimulate the regional and local economy.”

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: “The Northern Powerhouse is about economic growth and creating jobs. Rural areas have a vital role to play and today I heard about Harrogate Borough Council’s plans to boost growth in the area. Harrogate is already home to a number of thriving businesses and I welcome the council’s commitment to creating a truly sustainable economy.”

Ashville College student announced as winner of the Harrogate Civic Centre artwork competition

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Harrogate Council Civic Centre artwork competition is Amy Noble, from Ashville College. After visiting each of the entrants in the competition along with the judging panel (Dave Morland of Farrell & Clark Architects, Andrew Mortimer of Harry Fairclough Construction, Alison Wilson, Harrogate Borough Council, Councillor Nick Brown the former Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate and Karen Southworth of the Mercer Gallery), Sixth Former Amy was chosen as the competition’s overall winner for her fantastic entry that so clearly met the brief.


Amy’s iconic design features three Yorkshire Rose collage pieces that reflect focal elements from the districts of Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon; from road maps to images of local landmarks, that were digitally printed onto wooden cut-outs shaped into the famous Yorkshire Rose shape.

After viewing the high level of art from other entrants, the judging panel has also decided to display a selection of the runners up entries within the finished building and we look forward to seeing all of the artwork by local students on display, when the building officially opens to the public later in the year.

Budding artists to showcase the district in Harrogate Borough Council’s new Civic Centre

A judging panel made up of art and design experts, visited local colleges and secondary schools this month to judge the ‘Harrogate Civic Centre Student Artwork Competition’ selecting winning artwork, which will be showcased within the new public building at Knapping Mount when it opens later this year.

In the competition, which was launched last year, local students were invited to make a lasting mark on the finished building by taking part in the competition, creating a piece of artwork that illustrates the Harrogate district. The judging panel was made up of Councillor Nick Brown the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate; along with representatives from the Mercer Art Gallery, the Civic Centre’s main contractor, Harry Fairclough Construction; and architect for the build Farrell and Clark.

Councillor Nick Brown comments: “The civic centre contains a suite of meeting rooms off the customer service centre and we were keen to ensure that these public spaces showcased the work of budding artists from local schools and colleges. We were blown away by the level of effort and detail that has gone into the work and our judging panel now has a tough job to select a winner. The artwork will be on display for years to come and it would be nice to think that we may have discovered the next David Hockney.”

The winning entries will be announced in the next week and their pieces will be showcased in the public areas of the new building. Students, along with their tutor and family, will be invited to attend the official opening of the building, later in the year.


Caption: L/R: The ‘Harrogate Civic Centre Student Artwork Competition’ judging panel, Dave Moreland of Farrell & Clark Architects, Andrew Mortimer of Harry Fairclough Construction, Alison Wilson, Harrogate Borough Council, Councillor Nick Brown the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate and Karen Southworth of the Mercer Gallery.