THE demolition of New Town House and Quattro in the town centre is set to begin next year, it has been confirmed.

Up to 1,200 council employees based at offices at the site, as well as The Base, Rylands Street, Museum Street and Contact Warrington will be moving into the new council offices at Time Square.

The new facility will be based over five floors and have desk space for 800 workers.

Office space will be open plan with 800 workstations and a 7:10 ratio of desks to employees, taking into account part-time working patterns, people on leave and staff working away from their desk.

As well as public areas, there will be meeting rooms, breakout areas and a conference suite.

Workers will have kitchen break out spaces on every floor while showers, changing room facilities, lockers and drying rooms have been included in the design.

The proposals to demolish New Town House and Quattro form part of the wider town centre regeneration plans.

The cabinet has previously approved proposals to demolish the building, with residents told bulldozing the site and turning it into housing will ‘reduce the risk’ of needing to build on green spaces in the borough.

Town Hall bosses have provided an update on the plans.

A council spokesman said: “The tender process for the demolition of New Town House and Quattro has started.

“The demolition of the buildings will likely commence in 2021.

“We’re currently working to make the new council office building, 1 Time Square, Covid secure in line with national guidance.

“Our trade unions are fully engaged with our plans as the safety of our staff and visitors is paramount.

“We expect staff to start returning to the office from September onwards.”