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.

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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.

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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. 

Update from Northern Powergrid electrical works

We have received the following confirmation from Northern Powergrid that the electrical works will commence on Monday 24th April 2017 and last for approximately 15 working days. We have been informed that the excavation work will commence in the roadway in St Lukes Mount, heading from the new Substation building to the junction with West Grove Road. Unfortunately this will involve a certain amount of disruption for nearby residents, but we aim to keep this to a minimum.

Further information about parking and road closures can be found in the Northern Powergrid letter here.

 

Resident Update: upcoming works

Dear resident,

Following our recent update regarding key dates and information for electricity installation on site please find below a further update on upcoming works to install gas and water services to the new building and to carry out other site works to parts of St Luke’s Mount.

GAS INSTALLATION

Gas works will commence 19th April 2017 and will take place over 2-3 days.

The following drawing highlights affected areas which includes dig work at approximately the midpoint of St Luke’s Mount, this will be limited to the ‘site’ side of the road.

Site map for resident update

WATER INSTALLATION

We do not yet have a confirmed date from the water company, however we have requested that this take place 24th April 2017 and will update our site blog as soon as we have confirmation. Dig work to accommodate the water supply to site will affect the top of St Luke’s Mount as outlined on the attached map.

The gas and water services installation may render St Luke’s Mount temporarily impassible for/due to any cars parked along it. We will try and update our site blog with any specific timings to help you plan your movements wherever possible and when we are given notice.

In addition to the above we will also be carrying out preparatory works for the above statutory authorities works, construction and scaffolding to the section of the cycle and bin store that adjoins St Luke’s Mount, construction of the new lay bay and kerb realignment. This work is expected to continue intermittently over the next 4- 6 weeks.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that any of the above may cause and if you do have any specific access requirements during this period, then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them where possible.

As always we would like to thank you for your continued patience and welcome any questions or concerns via our Project Manager Peter – peter.blackburn@harryfairclough.co.uk .

Resident Update: upcoming works

Dear resident,

As we enter the final stages of the building of Harrogate Borough Council’s new civic centre we would like to let you know of upcoming works which may affect some residents living directly adjacent to the site. The installation of gas, electricity, telecoms and water supplies to the building will all be connected in the coming weeks and months and this may result in the temporary blocking of roads. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

ELECTRICITY INSTALLATION

Work to install the electricity services will be carried out by the utility companies and not the Harry Fairclough site team and by nature this work often commences with little pre-warning. We appreciate that this can cause inconvenience, so will endeavor to keep you informed of planned works wherever we are informed by the utility companies.

Northern Power Grid (NPG) has updated us of the following works to install the electricity supply to the substation in March, April and May (situated at the top end of St Luke’s Mount adjacent to the main site entrance):

 

Activity Date Area affected
Substation door delivery 17.03.17 St Luke’s Mount. Likely to be in the morning, making the road temporarily impassible.
Northern Power Grid kit delivery and install 21.03.17-23.03.17 Temporary block to St Luke’s Mount, (substation end) during delivery. Exact time unknown.
Earth nest excavation in front of substation Either 21.03.17

or 22.03.17

Potential for temp block to St Luke’s Mount for excavation

(this work will be carried out by Harry Fairclough)

Excavation of trenches to lay electric ducts 24.04.17-12.05.17 O’Conner Utilities on behalf of NPG will be excavating to lay ducts for the new supply, working up St Luke’s Mount and onto West Grove Road and Kings Road, this will also affect footpaths.
Installation of cables 08.05.17 Kings Road, West Grove Road and St Luke’s Mount will be affected. This may also affect footpaths.

 

 

The main problem we foresee with the above works, on St Luke’s Mount and West Grove Road, are that the roads may be rendered temporarily impassible for/due to any cars parked along it. We will try and update our site blog with any specific timings to help you plan your movements wherever possible and when we are given notice.

Further update letters will be issued shortly regarding the installation of water, gas, telecoms and external works to the site side of the road along St Luke’s Mount in due course.

As always we would like to thank you for your continued patience and welcome any questions or concerns via our Project Manager Peter – peter.blackburn@harryfairclough.co.uk .

 

 

Resident update: Road cleaning and traffic management

As we enter the next phase of activity on-site we wanted to take the opportunity to wish our Knapping Mount neighbours a Happy New Year and to provide an update on some of the recent measures that we have put in place to alleviate traffic and parking problems for residents living adjacent to the site.

Parking

As we outlined in our recent resident update we have had to close the main site car park due to safety reasons and we are aware that this has had an impact on the amount of traffic and vehicles parking or waiting outside the site entrances. We are doing all that we can to minimise on-street parking by site personnel who are as much as possible using local public car parks as well as working closely with our subcontractors to manage deliveries more efficiently.

Vehicle movements and deliveries

All of our subcontractors and any one making deliveries to site have been briefed on the rules regarding movement of vehicles and all large vehicles reversing out of site must be guided out by a traffic officer (banksman) to ensure safety. We are not always informed of the exact time of a delivery to site which can result in queuing at the entrance gates and occasional blocking of the road. We understand from resident feedback that this can be frustrating and we apologise for any inconvenience that you have experienced. Please be reassured that we are aware of the problem and are working hard to avoid it happening as much as is possible.

Cleaning the roads

The winter months and the increase in traffic to site makes keeping the roads adjoining the site clean a challenge. Unfortunately, it is impossible on a project of this scale to ensure that roads are completely clean and clear of all debris, all of the time, however we are taking action to try and limit this. We have a fork lift truck with watered sweeper, hand held jet wash and visiting road sweepers, being used regularly to clear the roads. At 3pm every day we are now stopping any deliveries and material movements (where possible) and completing a full daily clean to limit inconvenience to those residents returning home at the end of the day.

 

We would like to thank all residents for their patience and understanding and appreciate that living adjacent to a large building site of this nature can at times be frustrating. If you do have any concerns regarding any of the above information please contact our project manager Peter on peter.blackburn@harryfairclough.co.uk.