Our designs for the new Billericay town hall have just seen Councillors agree a contract with builders to construct the new community facility that will replace the current Chantry Way centre.
It’s planned to be complete by July 2020, which will allow the town council to move from its current offices.
Chris Mabbutt, a Director here at Ingleton Wood, said: “We designed it with the community in mind. We have come up with something that will look great for years to come and meet the requirements of residents.
“As well as the town council offices and a council chamber, there are three offices for hire. In the foyer, there will be a multi-use space and a reception. The hall facilities include a kitchen and bathroom facilities.”
Adam Adshead, Chairman of the council’s finance and general purposes committee, which is overseeing the project, and Jim Devlin, Chairman of Billericay Town Council, co-signed the £1.6 million contract.
It is being funded courtesy of a £1.4 million Government loan with the remaining £200,000 coming from 'reserved funds'.
Councillor Adshead said: “I’m very excited about the use our community will be able to get from the new facility.
“The potential is huge. I would like to thank those who have been involved in the project and who have put in so much hard work.”
Councillor Devlin added: “It will be a great addition to the town. It will provide a centrally located community hub with modern facilities.
“We’ve been through two years of hard work to get everything right. The community hub will allow groups to publicise their work.”
A spokesman from AW Hardy, said: “We are really pleased to be doing the work.”
It is hoped the centre will bring in cash to help fund the loan.
Our 3D impression of the new completed building