Contract awarded for new Doncaster offices

Posted on by John Cronin

Construction company Wates has been chosen as developer for the first phase of a multi-million pound office and leisure development scheme in Doncaster.

Muse Developments have chosen Wates for the construction of the new civic offices and a new theatre in the first phase of the £300m Waterdale scheme in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The large scale Waterdale scheme consists of a new public square, public buildings, new civic offices, housing and commercial office space.

civic officesThe five-storey, 157,500 sq ft office building (pictured) will house most of the council’s town centre services on one central site and become home to approximately 1,400 council staff.

The new offices are being built on the site of the former Doncaster College. The council aims to free up existing office space that is deemed to be “old and tired” allowing for redevelopment in future phases of the Waterdale scheme. The possibility of various council partners letting floor space within the new civic offices is also being considered. The complete development, to be constructed in four phases, has an expected completion date of 2018. The council believes that the scheme will create inward investment of some £200m and generate demand from the private sector for speculatively built office space.

The new council office building is to be constructed using the latest energy saving technologies including such as natural ventilation and roof top planting for rainwater harvesting. Dan Needham of Muse Developments believes the new offices will be cost efficient. He says: “When complete the highly energy efficient building will save the council millions of pounds in running costs over future years.” A BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ is expected.

A start date for the construction of the commercial office space has not yet been made public. Architects for the scheme are Cartwright Pickard.

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