Firms invited to Meet the Buyer event for council’s new offices

An architect's impression of how Harrogate Borough Council's new offices at Knapping Mount will look after completion in spring 2017. (S)
An architect's impression of how Harrogate Borough Council's new offices at Knapping Mount will look after completion in spring 2017. (S)

Local businesses keen to be involved in the construction of Harrogate Borough Council (HBC)’s new civic headquarters can find out more about the project at a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event next month.

The construction networking event, which is being hosted by Harry Fairclough Construction, the Yorkshire-based contractor behind the build, and HBC, will provide the opportunity for companies from across the Harrogate district and wider region to meet the main contractors, subcontractors and council officers, and discover how they can become involved.

Currently, there are a range of packages still to be let, including bespoke and specialist joinery; suspended ceilings; plastering; partitions; architectural metal work; painting and decorating; soft flooring; fixtures and fittings; signage; catering; and office furniture.

The event will also provide the opportunity for local businesses to build connections with other Yorkshire construction businesses for future projects.

The new headquarters will see council services operating from a single site rather than five separate locations, leading to annual efficiency savings estimated at £1m. Construction will start early this year, with a scheduled completion date of spring 2017.

David Jones, managing director of Harry Fairclough Yorkshire, said: “Our Meet the Buyer event is an opportunity for local businesses to find out more about how they can get involved in the build of this exciting project. We are committed to working with local businesses and have already engaged a number on the build so far.

“We have also developed a partnership with Harrogate College to ensure that local young people are given the opportunity to experience construction in a live environment. Our team is looking forward to meeting new contacts on the day and showcasing the project to the local business community.”

The event will take place in the King’s Suite at the Harrogate International Centre on Thursday, February 18 from 4 to 6pm.

Businesses wishing to attend or find out more about the packages of work available can contact Jo Parker on 07964 581 105, or email jo@engagecomms.co.uk

Businesses can register attendance at www.harrogatecivichq.com/meet-the-buyer