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West Northamptonshire Council seeks to sell sites, including operational data centre

Written by Thu 15 Feb 2024

The West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has announced it intends to sell several historic buildings, including the Former Constabulary Block that houses an operational data centre used by the Council.

Details including the data centre’s size, capacity, and plans for migration or upgrades remain undisclosed.

The data centre is listed as the only ‘current substantial use’ within the Former Constabulary Block.

While the data centre is still operational, the WNC anticipated this will ‘cease eventually’, with the facilities described as being in ‘poor condition’ with the space not ‘functional or effective for modern operational needs’. 

“They are, however, of significant heritage and architectural value and it is a recognised part of the town’s history for the public and so it is important that the buildings’ long-term futures are secured,” said a report to WNC’s Cabinet.

The facilities are now being considered under a long-term leasehold for flats or hotel use to retain a degree of control over their future. This could be delayed until the Council no longer needs the data centre.

The WNC report said that selling the buildings could significantly cut the annual £664,000 ($833,000) expense of operating the county hall site. 

The WNC Cabinet suggested the separation of the data centre from the original Constabulary Building may be possible to facilitate conversion in the short to medium term.

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Written by Thu 15 Feb 2024

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