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MetiNews.Com - The offices are part of the Government's Hub Programme to relocate civil servants outside of London

UK news Work begins on major new development in Peterborough last minute news

MetiNews.Com - The offices are part of the Government's Hub Programme to relocate civil servants outside of London

UK news Work begins on major new development in Peterborough last minute news
26 October 2020 - 15:45

Breaking News ! Construction work has begun on a major new development in Peterborough, which will become a government hub once finished. Cabinet Office Minister Julia Lopez announced the news today (October 26), that the new hub would be built in the Fletton Quays development, and will be home to 1,000 civil servants when it's complete. The new hub, which is due to be finished in 2022, will house civil servants from HM Passport Office and the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. This is part of a £120m regeneration of the Fletton Quays site, led by Peterborough Investment Partnership and site developer Bride Hall. The site is already home to Peterborough City Council, and will also have more than 350 riverside apartments. The approved scheme also includes plans for restaurants, leisure and retail, as well as a hotel - with planning permission having been submitted by the Hilton Garden Inn brand. This CGI image is an indicator of what Fletton Quays could look like without the new government hub (Image: Peterborough Investment Partnership & NORR) The new site is part of the Government's Hub Programme, which is driving forward plans to move thousands of civil servants out of central London, to improve opportunity and help realise their plans to 'level up' across the UK. Cabinet Office Minister Julia Lopez said: "The new hub at Fletton Quays is a great example of the Government's commitment to Peterborough and will provide a real boost to the area. "Developments like these and others across the whole of the UK are a key part of our work to spread jobs, growth and prosperity. "I look forward to seeing the progress the Government Hub Programme makes and I know this development will create a wonderful new facility for Peterborough and the people who work here." So far, the Government Hubs Programme has seen the development of 17 office hubs announced in various areas across the UK, including Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Birmingham, and Bristol to support around 60,000 civil servants. Stay up to date with the latest Peterborough news You can stay up to date with the latest Peterborough news by following our dedicated accounts on social media. Follow @news_pborough on Twitter, linked here. Or alternatively join our Peterborough free discussion group on Facebook by clicking here. Peterborough correspondent, Fiona Leishman can be found tweeting the latest headlines here (@leishman_fiona) or follow our main brand page for more @CambsLive. You can also get the latest Peterborough updates near you by signing up to In Your Area for free, details of how to do so are available here. Share your Peterborough pictures with us on Instagram by using #CambsLive. The aim of the programme is to relocate civil servants from their existing poorly designed, and often fragmented office locations, to modern, multi-departmental workplaces which will make the most of emerging working practices and technology. Government hubs have been designed so they are close to public transport connections and local ammenities. They will also provide flexible workspace, so lessons from working from home over recent months can be incorporated to make offices a safe environment for civil servants to meet and work. Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "The government hub is the next key stage in the Fletton Quays development. "We're delighted with the progress being made which is playing a significant part in transforming our city centre and demonstrates the government's commitment to Peterborough.

. Our current regeneration plans are the most ambitious in decades and will attract millions of pounds of investment. "We are one of the fastest growing cities in the country and our forward thinking city centre transformation plans will make Peterborough an even greater place to live, work and visit in years to come.” The Peterborough development will minimise the carbon footprint of the materials used in the construction process, and be energy efficient, resulting in a well-maintained and sustainable building. This hub will contribute to the government's target of at least a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the public sector estate by 2032, with a goal of net zero by 2050. Construction of Fletton Quays got underway in early 2017. (Image: Cambridge News) The location of the hub is accessible from across Peterborough by bicycle, with a less than 35 minute cycle ride. For those travelling in by bike, there will be an off-road, shared foot and cycle lain which joins onto the National Cycle Network. The combination of location and accessibility to cycle networks, as well as the availability of 110 cycle racks, ensures that cycling into work is a feasible mode of transport for workers. Chief Executive of the Government Property Agency, Steven Boyd, is responsibly for the delivery of the programme. He said: “Entering the construction phase of our new hub in Peterborough marks another milestone achieved in our ambitious Government Hubs Programme. Work has begun on the new government hub “The Government Property Agency is creating great places to work for civil servants in locations across the UK. We will continue to work closely with departments to ensure their people can build their careers outside of London in strong regional centres that enable efficient, collaborative and flexible working, driving engagement and improving staff productivity and wellbeing. “Learning from the Coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to provide flexible workspaces, and I look forward to welcoming civil servants when the building completes.” The site is being developed by Bride Hall Developments, which recently awarded and signed a contract with contractor Bowmer + Kirkland, paving the way for the construction phase to begin. Nigel Desmond, managing director of Bride Hall Developments said: “We are looking forward to developing another landmark building in the city of Peterborough and be part of the Government Hubs Programme. Read More Related Articles Thugs petrol bombed cars and homes in four-day violent spree in Peterborough Read More Related Articles Ed Sheeran donates £200k to his old Suffolk school and boosts pupils grades to record levels "It’s great news for Peterborough and the region, stimulating economic growth and maintaining its presence as a key destination for the public sector.” Regional director of Bowmer + Kirkland, John Clarke said: “We are delighted to have been chosen once again by Bride Hall Developments for another project in Peterborough. "This project will boost the local economy during construction, provide apprenticeships for local people and hopefully bring further investment to the town.” When completed, the hub will house civil servants across seven floors, with a total internal area of 8,010m2. In order to provide a boost to the regional economy, a number of apprentices local to Peterborough will be working on this project, covering areas such as cladding, electrical work, bricklaying, joinery, groundworks and design. The contractor will also source site labour, cleaners, administrative and logistical staff from the local area to provide jobs for the people of Peterborough.

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UK news Work begins on major new development in Peterborough last minute news


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