Golden Gate Housing Trust

Globe to deliver Golden Gate Housing Trust headquarters

David McCourt

Golden Gate Housing Trust has appointed Globe Construction to build a 20,000 sq ft headquarters for the social housing provider in Warrington town centre.

The £3m project involves the development of a brownfield site next to Bank Park into a three-storey office block designed by the Fairhursts Design Group.

Currently located at Bank House on Sankey Street, GGHT will bring 180 staff under one roof at the new headquarters.

Plans for the new office include meeting rooms, breakout areas and a public interface zone where GGHT tenants can access IT literacy classes. The building will also be installed with photovoltaic panels and a green roofing system.

Ian Threadgold, director of Globe Construction, said: "The scheme will form part of the wider regeneration strategy for the Bank Park area, which will see great improvements over the coming years thanks to significant investment from Warrington Council."

Roy Smith, chairman of Golden Gate Housing Trust, said "Having more of our staff together on the same site will reduce the amount the trust spends each year on travel costs and save staff time traveling between meetings.

"Globe Construction took part in a competitive tender process and came out on top in terms of quality and price."

The wider project team includes Watts Groups acting as employer's agent, Scott Hughes as structural engineer, King Associates for M&E, Walker Sime as quantity surveyor and the CDMC is being provided by Keelagher Okey Klein.

In addition, Globe will be looking for locally based sub-contractors to help deliver the project, which is due for completion early 2014.

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