Contractors carrying out work for vehicle charging points and data points (below) at Block Four, Larbert
Work on delivering a new HQ and Arts Centre for Falkirk Council continues to make significant progress.
A recent meeting of the Council of the Future Board heard project updates on five areas of work that will help deliver a new facility located in Falkirk’s town centre.
Demolition of Municipal Buildings
It is intended that the demolition of Municipal Buildings be undertaken in stages, with the main office block, Council chambers and committee suite, District Court, and a small 1960s nuclear bunker, the first to be pulled down. This work is scheduled to take place in spring 2022.
Falkirk Town Hall, the Records and Data Centres, and the plant room will be left. This is to allow the Town Hall to continue to operate as a venue once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and while a new Arts Centre is built.
Site location for a new HQ and Arts Centre
The project team has now visited sites identified as potential locations for a new HQ and Arts Centre. It is expected that a report highlighting their findings and recommendations will go before a meeting of Falkirk Council in May, where elected members will then decide on a final site location.
Development of new office space, Larbert
A competition to name our new office space in Larbert has attracted over 900 votes, with voting now closed. A shortlist of three was drawn from more than 60 submitted by staff.
The project team in charge of the office refit is currently considering the layout to ensure available space is used to best effect. Work is on track to see the facility open by autumn 2021.
The Falkirk Delivers offices in the former Burgh Buildings on Newmarket Street have now been cleared to allow the development of an Appointment Hub. This will be a temporary location for limited face-to-face advice services booked in advance with customers needing support.
The Registration Team continues to be based in the buildings, offering pre-booked face-to-face appointments for services that need to be undertaken in person, including birth registrations. Moving forward, the buildings will host other face-to-face services as the transition from Municipal Buildings continues.
The redevelopment of Falkirk Library’s first floor into a drop-in Hub is also ongoing and expected to open in May this year.
Current Central Hub at Callendar Square
Work to empty the Central Hub at Callendar Square is now complete. Some furniture will be retained and reused elsewhere. Further work to return the former Hub offices to their original condition will be undertaken over the coming weeks.