A combined civic hub with a leisure centre, library, council offices and start up business space is being considered for Farnborough.

Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet, which has already approved £100,000 for a feasibility study into the leisure centre, has now approved a further £100,000 to broaden the study to include the hub.

The development will be part of the town’s civic quarter redevelopment and could free up the current council offices, library and Westmead House office building for redevelopment.

The Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), a joint venture between the council and Hill Investments, is working with LDA Architects on a masterplan for the wider civic quarter development.

Rushmoor Borough Council cabinet member for major projects and property Cllr Martin Tennant said: “We need to reflect the impact of the pandemic in our future approach to service provision in that more people are successfully working remotely and so it would make sense to share facilities in a new, greener, modern, civic hub.

“This would also unlock a major part of the civic quarter for redevelopment.

“But we need a more detailed feasibility study to look at the pros and cons of such a move before we press ahead.”

Image: The civic quarter site outlined in red.

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