New Barnet HQ approved

Colindale HQBarnet Council’s new HQ has been given the go-ahead by the local authority’s planning committee.

Planning permission was granted by the planning committee on 1st October for building work to begin on the offices to be situated in the heart of the Grahame Park regeneration scheme.

The new office building will compromise 11,000 m2 of floor space and will provide room to relocate staff based at the council’s current offices at North London Business Park, New Southgate, and Barnet House in Whetstone on the other side of the borough.

The new HQ will be built on the newly formed Southern Square on Lanacre Avenue and the ground floor will include a café space as well as meeting rooms for community use which will be open in the evenings and weekends.

Proposals for the community centre will come forward in an updated masterplan later in the year.

Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “The new HQ will save £5m a year and put the council at the heart of the regeneration scheme in Grahame Park. All of our staff will need somewhere to buy their lunch and go to the shops so I’m sure the local economy will get a boost.

“Local residents will be able to benefit from the new building too with the creation of meeting rooms which the local community can use in the evenings and weekends.”

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