Homes office on the move

PUBLISHED: 12:09 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:11 06 May 2010

An artists impression of the new offices

An artists impression of the new offices

Howard Cottage Housing Association is on the move – but it is not going far. It is due to move to a new, modern, purpose-built office which will help give one of the entrances into Letchworth town centre a new look. The spot is just round the corner from

Howard Cottage Housing Association is on the move - but it is not going far.

It is due to move to a new, modern, purpose-built office which will help give one of the entrances into Letchworth town centre a new look.

The spot is just round the corner from its existing base.

The new building, which is subject to planning permission, will be built in Norton Way North on the site of the existing Hideout Club which will be closed and then demolished.

The project will cost in excess of £1m and Howard Cottage hopes to move in by late summer next year.

The plans, which have been developed in partnership between Howard Cottage, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and the architects Pentangle Design, have a floor space of 7,800 sq ft.

John Robson, chief executive of Howard Cottage, said: "We are all very excited about our move to the new office. As we build and maintain more and more properties, so our facilities need to grow, and this office can help us to provide the best possible housing services to our residents.

"We have ensured that value for money has been considered throughout the planning process, and residents and staff will be kept informed on the design of the internal layout."

Stuart Kenny, director general of the Heritage Foundation, said: "Subject to planning approval, Howard Cottage's splendid new offices will result in a massive improvement to this area of the town centre.

"The scheme as a whole will also guarantee the survival of the two, once threatened, original Cheap Cottages, to the rear of the proposed development.

"Last, but not least, the overall site will accommodate enhanced accommodation and facilities for Edwin Nott House. Overall, the regeneration of the site will be of great benefit to the garden city."

The existing Station Road office, where Howard Cottage has been operating from since the late 50s, will revert to the Heritage Foundation when the lease comes to an end next year.

Asked what will happen to it, Mr Kenny said: "We don't know yet. We are looking at options for the use of the premises/site, if and when Howard Cottage move out.


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