Press Release: Work starts on demolition of Knapping Mount annexe

DATE PRESS RELEASE ISSUED: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Demolition has started on Harrogate Borough Council’s old prefabricated annexe at its Knapping Mount site in Harrogate ahead of construction of its new, purpose built offices.
Knapping Mount demolition

Yorkshire based Harry Fairclough Construction is the main contractor for the project. They have been working on site since October to prepare it for the demolition of the current buildings, which is taking place between now and the end of the year. Yorkshire based RGS Demolition, is undertaking the demolition work. The company is committed to recycling, and wherever possible reclaiming materials for re-use. Construction of the new council offices will start early in 2016, with a scheduled completion date of spring 2017.

The new energy efficient offices, which have been designed by Yorkshire based architects Farrell and Clark, will see council services operating from a single site rather than five separate locations. Moving to the new offices will see annual efficiency savings of around £1 million. The move will also provide a platform to drive further operating improvements in the future.The prefabricated buildings that formed the Knapping Mount annexe were erected in 1974, and were originally built to last 10 years. Now, 41 years later, they are coming down to make way for a new energy efficient, customer friendly council headquarters.

Councillor Graham Swift is Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Enterprise. He said: “The new council headquarters will enable us to be more efficient, making it possible for us to improve the service we offer our customers as well as providing long term savings for council tax payers.The project has been a long time in development so it is exciting to be able to see the results of that work taking place on the site.”

Julian Crane who is Harry Fairclough’s Project Manager at the site comments: “Demolition is now well under way onsite, making way for the new build activity to start in the New Year. We have worked with a number of local sub-contractors already on the project and look forward to working with more as it develops.”

Paul Jagger, Partner at architects Farrell and Clark said: “It’s always an exciting moment when a project which has been imagined in your head and illustrated on drawings starts to be realised on the ground. We hope that the design will help to deliver the council’s vision to provide better services for the people of Harrogate.”

Next February will see a dedicated ‘Meet the Buyer’ event taking place in Harrogate. Local businesses will have be able to meet the council, Harry Fairclough and major sub-contractors to find out more about the project, the opportunities to be involved in the project and how to bid for work packages.

Subcontractors can sign up for the event here.


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