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Archial scheme to go ahead despite CABE’s disapproval

The £13 million development of Harrogate’s international conference centre will press ahead despite three CABE reports criticising Archial’s design

The Harrogate International Centre (HIC) scheme, which includes the redesign of the Springfield House entrance, was finally approved last week by Harrogate Planning Committee. The committee had rejected a previous proposal.

However, CABE remains dissatisfied with Archial’s revised scheme having seen a variety of designs over a 17-month period. The commission’s review panel’s third report on the project stated: ‘We think that the present approach and the current planning application do neither resolve the inherent problems of the site in terms of providing better exhibition space, nor does the proposed new hall meet the design quality standards required for this site in one of the country’s finest spa towns.

‘We feel that this opportunity should allow for a fundamental and more ambitious rethink of the reorganisation of the International Centre and its relationship to Harrogate.’

Revised scheme for the Harrogate International Centre

Revised scheme for the Harrogate International Centre

Mike Gardner, chairman of the HIC Board and Leader of the council, said: ‘The full council are behind this investment and the new halls and entrance area will be a bonus to those event organisers who bring their shows to Harrogate.’

HIC will announce the name of the preferred bidder for the construction of the two new exhibition halls on the 19 April. The companies shortlisted for the works are BAM, Bowmer & Kirkland, Morgan Ashurst, Sir Robert McAlpine and Wates. Work is anticipated to begin on-site start in July. 

To read all three CABE reports click here

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