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Three Lancashire County Council offices to be sold in Preston

Posted on - 5th September, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Politics, Preston City Centre
The two county offices line Cross Street Pic: Google

The two county offices line Cross Street Pic: Google

Three city centre offices are to be sold off by Lancashire County Council as it seeks to save millions of pounds.

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1960s offices blocks in Cross Street on Winckley Square and another in Guild Hall Street are all on the market.

Leader of the county council Jennifer Mein said: “Winckley Square is an important base for some of the city’s professional services, so we believe that these properties offer great development potential that could bring new jobs, housing and economic activity into the city centre.

“By making changes to the ways our services work, we’ve been able to reduce the number of buildings we need. This reduces the cost of running our services and means that we can dispose of buildings, such as these, that we’ll no longer need.”

County offices in Guild Hall Street Pic: Google

County offices in Guild Hall Street Pic: Google

The Winckley House site is 41,000 square foot, Guild House is 27,700 square foot and 58-60 Guild Hall Street is 14,400 square foot.

The offices are currently still being used by the county council, but will be vacated next year.

The county council needs to save £200m by 2020, and the sale of the offices comes in the same week as the council prepares to confirm the closure of hundreds of libraries and community buildings across Preston and Lancashire.

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