Michael Constantine addressed the Newark Business Club on behalf of the newly-integrated Palace Theatre, National Civil War Centre and Visitor Gateway.
Eleven months on from the opening of the National Civil War Centre, the continued investment in the site has bridged the eight-foot gap between the theatre and the centre and means that it can now offer businesses flexibility of hire spaces for all sorts of functions – including the theatre’s auditorium, bar and Byron Room, and the centre’s Tudor Hall and Tudor Attic.
The brand new café-bar facilities, Nineteen20 (after the year the Palace was built), additionally offer a great town centre meeting location for discussions over lunch or the fantastic, bespoke coffee.
The Visitor Information Centre has also been incorporated into the site, making a one-stop information point for visitors to the town, who will be encouraged to enjoy as much of what Newark and Sherwood has to offer as possible. This focus on keeping visitors in the town and district will continue to be of tremendous benefit to other businesses in the area as Newark increasingly becomes a destination for more than just a day trip.
Michael also took the opportunity to extend an invitation to local businesses to go and see the newly-refurbished venue at an open event on April 27. For any businesses
keen to attend, please contact email@example.com for more information and to reserve your free place.
NEW HQ FOR HSDC
Plans for a new office HQ for NSDC were presented by Clr Peter Duncan and Deborah Johnson.
Moving to modern, cost-effective and efficient offices on a site next to the Cattle Market, off the Great North Road, Newark, which will be shared with a number of public sector partners, should save council taxpayers in the region of £500,000 each year.
Relocating from the authority’s current offices in Kelham, close to the town centre, will improve access for customers and residents and with more than 230 staff working close to town centre businesses and services, it will have a positive impact on the local economy, supporting the council’s prosperity agenda.
The council will share the new offices with the Department for Work and Pensions and the council’s housing company, Newark and Sherwood Homes. It is also looking at the possibility of working with other partners from the public and voluntary sector. Earlier this year the council sold the Grade I listed Kelham Hall, the authority’s HQ for the last 40 years, which is costly to run whereas the new offices will be energy efficient.
Lee Marshall, of Viridis Building Services illustrated that with the intelligent low carbon building design, it was hoped that almost £90k per year would be saved on running costs compared to Kelham Hall. Low Energy mixed mode ventilation, LED lighting and electric photovoltaic roof panels were being incorporated into the design.