Public Sector Hub
A new college and public sector hub in Lincolnshire
Our team in the Midlands are creating a new College and Public Sector Hub facility in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
The £7m mixed-use Public Sector Hub is one of the town’s most significant developments to date and will provide further education space for Boston College, alongside acting as East Lindsey District Council’s new headquarters.
Procured under the Scape National Major Works framework, the new state-of-the-art shared space, which is due to complete in summer 2022 will be occupied by the Council, as it moves from its current headquarters to Manby to streamline its services and reduce its maintenance costs and carbon footprint. Alongside the benefit of being housed in a more sustainable building, the Council’s relocation to Horncastle will also bring economic benefits to the local area and place the governing body at the centre of the district.
To support our 2030 Now or Never sustainability strategy and reduce carbon emissions, sustainability will feature at the heart of the development. We will be implementing our Energy Synergy TM on the project to bridge the performance gap and drive down energy costs. We’ll then be working alongside East Lindsey District Council once the building is occupied to truly understand how the building is performing and how it differs from the assumptions made during design.
Throughout the project, we have also committed to ensuring 14% of the contract value is invested back into the region. We will deliver this through community initiatives such as projects with local university students and careers events with Boston College, as well as using local social enterprises, local businesses and local labour.
The project marks the latest in a long-standing service to Lincolnshire. Since 2017, we have delivered £11m social return on investment, spent over £56m with SMEs and committed more than 7300 hours to support young people into employment.
Nick Heath, Director of Delivery said:
“We’re very pleased that work is now underway on this project and we can help East Lindsey District Council to create a new further education facility and headquarters that not only aligns with its environmental targets but also represents long-term savings on its current outdated facility.
“Not only will the scheme allow us to support the Council in its battle against climate change, but it will also develop the partnership between the Council and Boston College by delivering long-awaited further education facilities to the local area, enabling learning for future generations across the region.
“At Willmott Dixon, we pride ourselves on leaving a legacy in the communities in which we work, so this project is a great way to further our efforts by improving public sector services throughout East Lindsey while rolling out our extensive community engagement initiatives.”
Neil Cucksey, Strategic Capital Project Development Officer at East Lindsey District Council said:
“We’re pleased to be working with Willmott Dixon on bringing the Public Sector Hub to fruition. As well, as providing modern office space for ourselves and our partners, we’ll be bringing a landmark further education facility to the district. The commitment Willmott Dixon has made to supporting the local community and economy throughout the build is fantastic and something we’ll look to build on as we take up occupancy next year.”
Mark Robinson, Group Chief Executive at SCAPE said:
“The new college and public sector hub will not only bring economic benefits to the area but will also support East Lindsey Council’s sustainability agenda.
“At Scape we’re proud to play a part in accelerating the delivery of sustainable buildings that will help to ease the climate emergency. We’re pleased that the students from Boston College and our public sector colleagues will be housed in a state-of-the-art eco-friendly building as we work together as a nation towards our 2030 net-zero target.”