Residents’ Summer Newsletter from the Harry Fairclough site team July 2016

Dear Neighbour,

June 2016We are now eight months into this exciting project and you may have noticed that construction activity on-site has really picked up pace recently, as we enter the next exciting phase of construction. The steel frame for the main section of the offices is up and throughout the summer we will be working on the public access section, the heart of the building, where the local community will access council services. Over the next few months, the site will become a lot busier, with more vehicles making deliveries back and forth, bringing the materials we need to site. We will, as always do our utmost to minimise any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this busy time.


Meet our new Project Manager

IMG_2861For those of you who have not met our new project manager we are pleased to announce that Peter Blackburn has joined our on-site team. Peter’s role is to look after the day to day management of all construction activity, planning and coordinating all aspects of the build, including appointing subcontractors and working with engineers, architects and Harrogate Borough Council to bring the vision for the building to life. Peter is looking forward to getting to know local residents and to learning more about the Harrogate community and if you wish to contact him with any questions or comments please email him at


Aiming for environmental excellence

BreeamAn important part of this project is to ensure that it is built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards and we are on track to achieve this. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance, ensuring future running costs are greatly reduced.


Launch of Harrogate Borough Council’s Civic Centre student artwork competition

It is very important to us that we engage the next generation in the build and with that in mind we are excited to announce the launch of our ‘Harrogate Borough Council’s Civic Centre Student Artwork Competition’. The competition gives GCSE and A Level art students in the Harrogate district the opportunity to make a lasting mark on the finished building. The Civic Centre contains a suite of meeting rooms consisting of the Council Chamber, plus six further meeting spaces. The six meeting spaces are currently unnamed and have no planned artwork. We are therefore inviting local schools to come up with a name for each room, a piece of artwork that brings it to life and a short explanation on the idea behind the name. More information about how schools can get involved can be found on our blog


We had an important visit to site this week from the Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council and Wallace Sampson, the council’s Chief Executive, who were both impressed by the progress to date.  We are continuing to update the project blog, where you will find updates on all construction work and can ask questions and leave comments for our site team to respond to.

If you would like to speak to our project manager Peter or a member of the Yorkshire management team please contact our Otley office on 01943 851059.

Thank you for your continued support and co-operation, the Harry Fairclough site team

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