This is an archived press release
Thursday 22 December 2005
22 December 2005
National Park Authority to improve HQ
The Peak District National Park Authority is to upgrade its Bakewell HQ, improving facilities for visitors, members and staff and cutting running costs.
The project will end the need for overspill offices in Bakewell - saving £60,000 a year in rent - by improving office space at Aldern House, Baslow Road, where the Authority has been based since the 1950s.
It will also provide a better reception area, meeting rooms and improved accessibility for people with disabilities.
Aldern House, a listed building dating from the 1820s, was last significantly extended in the 1970s, with lesser improvements in the 1990s.
The National Park planning committee gave the go-ahead for the £780,000 project at its December meeting, the work will start in April 2006 and should last about six months.
Chief executive Jim Dixon said: “We hope visitors will bear with us during the building work, when we will have a temporary reception at Aldern House and we will have to hold public meetings elsewhere.
“However, the Authority considers these works are necessary to improve our services to the public, to bring all our HQ-based staff under one roof and to run our operations more efficiently, saving considerable running costs.”
Temporary car parking is proposed for the grounds of Aldern House while the contractors take over and extend part of the existing car park, but this has yet to be approved by the planning committee.