Construction of new council office in Towcester could start this year

Moat Lane artists impression
Moat Lane artists impression

After the discovery of Roman skeletal remains, a significant Roman building and nesting ducks, the regeneration of Moat Lane in Towcester can now get back on track.

The initial phase of demolition and ground works has now been completed for the Moat Lane Regeneration Project.

Cotswold Archaeology dig in Towcester, Moat Lane. Victoria House.'130718M-C108

Cotswold Archaeology dig in Towcester, Moat Lane. Victoria House.'130718M-C108

Demolition work has included the removal of the old garage and tanks on Northampton Road along with the boundary wall, the old print works at Whitton Lane, the large shed and small buildings adjacent to the Mill House and some walls to the rear of various properties on Watling Street.

The finds have lead to the initial phase taking longer than expected.

Find include the discovery of a skeletal torso, the remains of a Roman town wall and several Roman artefacts during excavation, as well as nestling birds in a building that was due to be knocked down and a nesting duck alongside a wall that needed removal.

Councillor Rupert Fordham, cabinet member for regeneration, said the construction phase can now begin later this year.

He added: “We are now looking forward to building our new flagship community centre and developing the town, creating a vibrant space with new shops and facilities for residents to enjoy.

“Inevitably a project of this scale will create some disruption to the area but we will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum wherever possible and keep people informed of progress at all times.”

The next stage will be the construction of the new community building which will house a new modern library, a registrar, adult learning facilities, SNC council offices and community space for exhibitions and meetings.