Maltings proposal is abandoned

Plans to relocate council services into The Maltings arts theatre in Berwick have been abandoned after studies showed it was not feasible.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11 February, 2016, 15:37
The Maltings

Consultants concluded that the building work and associated costs of altering the building to allow the council to co-locate would be too expensive.

Northumberland County Council is now looking to locate these services in the refurbished library building on Walkergate.

Talks are continuing with the management and trustees of The Maltings to plan for the long-term security of its facilities and programme of work to fulfil its obligations as landlord.

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader, said: “Despite our best efforts, the plans to locate a number of services in The Maltings was shown by external consultants to not be economically viable. However, it was important we explored the option fully before deciding not to proceed.”

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The proposal was announced last March as part of a review of all council-owned properties.

Since then, a number of buildings have been refurbished while others are undergoing modernisation work to ensure they are fit for the future.

Berwick Library is moving to the Swan Centre on a temporary basis later this month until May to allow completion of redevelopment work. The building will then become a one-stop-shop for some council facilities, the library and customer services.

The council is still in negotiation over the future of its former adult learning centre in Palace Street East. Discussions are ongoing about the future location of the Tourist Information Centre on Marygate and the Wallace Green planning building has now been refurbished.