Decision details

24 Guildhall Road refurbishment and relocation of Northampton Arts Collective Limited

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Resolutions; Cabinet;


a.     Noted the work done to date by WNC officers and Northampton Arts Collective Limited on securing the £1.15m of GBF funding for the refurbishment of 24 Guildhall Road, the design development and procurement that has been undertaken to date and the next steps that are required to take forward this project.

b.    Delegated authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Economic Growth and Regeneration to enter into a partnership agreement between the Council and Northampton Arts Collective Limited. This will include, for example (but is not limited to), the establishment of the governance and project arrangements on the refurbishment project and the working relationship beyond completion as referenced in the cabinet report dated 9th September 2020.

c.    Delegated authority to the Assistant Director of Assets and Environment to agree heads of terms for a lease and enter a 25-year lease on the lower ground, upper ground and first floors at a peppercorn rent. This is subject to a service charge to Northampton Arts Collective and all documentation related to the project will be completed on simultaneous basis.

d.    Delegated authority to the Head of Major Projects and Regeneration to approve the final design for phase one of the refurbishment project. Page 363

e.    Accepted further reports on any matters generally or risks pursuant to paragraphs 6.23 to 6.30 that arise that are different to what is proposed in this report.


 Reason for Resolutions


a.    The refurbishment project will make use of a WNC building, the former NCC offices, that has no other use.

b.    The recommendations above are required to progress this important cultural regeneration


Alternative Options



Report author: Stuart Timmiss

Publication date: 13/10/2021

Date of decision: 12/10/2021

Decided at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

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