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Hinckley and Bosworth council chooses new HQ location

A Leicestershire council has confirmed it has changed its mind over where to locate its new headquarters.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said it would save £3m moving to the former Fludes factory in Hawley Road.

It decided to move two years ago when it emerged refurbishing its offices in Argents Mead would cost £6m.

Plans to move to a temporary home before building a permanent base as part of the town's bus station project in 2014 have been shelved.

The council, which employs about 400 people, has been moving staff out of the crumbling Argents Mead complex for months.

'Landmark development'

It had planned to put about 150 staff into the Atkins building as the condition of the old offices meant the authority could not wait for the bus station development - known as The Crescent - to be finished.

Now bosses have decided to pursue the Hawley Road site as a "one-stop shop" for council services and other public agencies.

The authority said the move would cost £400,000.

A council spokesman said: "It offers a modern sustainable and energy efficient studio, office and conference space as well as providing a landmark development at the gateway to Hinckley from Rugby Road.

"The town centre site, which is near to Hinckley railway station, already has planning permission for office use as well as ample long and short stay car parking."

The move is subject to negotiation with the developer and consultation with staff.

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