Halton Housing

Office complete for Widnes housing association

Halton Housing has moved 320 staff into new headquarters at Waterfront Point in Widnes following completion of the build by Russells Construction.

The two-storey 12,000 sq ft building, designed by 5plus and Cube, and fitted out by Spacial, was designed to resemble the chimneys of local landmark, Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, with four window-topped turrets funnelling natural light to the internal space.

The headquarters allows the housing association to bring together all its staff under one roof, relocating from two previous buildings at Daresbury Point in Runcorn and Foundry Lane Widnes.

The office includes shared workspaces, relaxed seating areas, The Hub kitchen area, private glass meeting pods and an entertainment zone with a pool table, treadmill and table tennis.

Russells Construction was commissioned to undertake the build following the work of sister company Russell Homes on the neighbouring Bower Brook Gardens, a £14m joint venture housing development delivering 185 mixed tenure new homes with Halton Housing. The JV is now set to start a second phase on another neighbouring site, following recent planning approval, delivering a further 118 new homes.

Paul Mullane, development director for Halton Housing, said: “Working from two sites was becoming increasingly difficult and inefficient, and we feel we’re already providing a better service simply by being together in one place. Most tenants prefer to use our web and telephone services but, for those who still want to come in, we have a much better facility to welcome them.”

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