Crawley Borough Council and property investment and development firm Westrock have appointed Kier to deliver the new Crawley Town Hall, the centrepiece of a £150m regeneration of Crawley town centre.
The project, which will be complete in December 2021 involves the demolition of the existing Town Hall and the construction of a nine-storey building that will house the 41,000 sq. ft. Town Hall as well as 77,000 sq. ft. of commercial office space.
Work on the regeneration is already underway with 91 apartments, set over nine storeys currently being completed on the site of a former two-storey car park next to the current Town Hall.
Once the new building is open, the remainder of the current Town Hall will be demolished to make way for the final phase of redevelopment – a 10-storey block featuring 182 apartments with ground floor commercial space opening on to a new public square.
Chris Lawrence, Operations Director for Kier Regional Building, said: “The start of works on this impressive project is a major milestone in the construction of the new Town Hall for Crawley Borough Council.
“As the local Crawley-based office of Kier Regional Building we are delighted to be delivering this project and look forward to seeing the structure take shape in the coming months.”
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, added: “This is a hugely important step in this major project because this investment will save money for taxpayers and generate income for the council, which will help us maintain services. This is a very good deal for Crawley.”
Matt Willcock, Development Director of Westrock, said: “Our joint venture with Crawley Borough Council shows the benefits of public-private partnerships. Working closely with Crawley, we will deliver much-needed new housing, workspace and public realm as well as an upgraded Town Hall.”
Once complete, alongside the new Town Hall and commercial units will be 273 new apartments, including 109 affordable homes and a new public square with public artwork.