Arctic blast delays district council HQ build in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 20 April 2018

East Devon District Council's new headquarters in Honiton. Ref mhh 16 18TI 1411. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon District Council's new headquarters in Honiton. Ref mhh 16 18TI 1411. Picture: Terry Ife

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The build of East Devon District Council headquarters in Honiton has been delayed slightly because of an arctic blast which smashed into the UK earlier this year.

East Devon District Council's new headquarters in Honiton. Ref mhh 16 18TI 1407. Picture: Terry IfeEast Devon District Council's new headquarters in Honiton. Ref mhh 16 18TI 1407. Picture: Terry Ife

However, the council is confident the contract for its HQ, currently being built at Heathpark Industrial Estate, will be completed by December this year.

Heavy snowfall, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’, forced work on the HQ to halt in March.

A spokeswoman said: “During the latest site progress meeting for Blackdown House, our contractor Interserve confirmed that three days were lost due to the bad weather during March.

“They have taken mitigation measures to recoup this time, but remain confident that the contract will be completed in December 2018.”

East Devon District Council's new headquarters in Honiton. Ref mhh 16 18TI 1409. Picture: Terry IfeEast Devon District Council's new headquarters in Honiton. Ref mhh 16 18TI 1409. Picture: Terry Ife

Plans for the state-of-the-art HQ, which will house a new council chamber and meeting rooms were approved in November 2016.

They also included a cycle store, smoking shelter, staff car park and loading bay, with a provision for 135 car parking spaces and a pedestrian and cycle route from Exeter Road to the Heathpark estate.

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