Makeover for seafront HBC offices

Aquila House, the main seafront offices of Hastings Borough Council (HBC), is to get a major makeover during the summer.

The £1.3 million work is being carried out, and paid for, by the building’s owners, Ashbourne Cedar Property Ltd.

The work is being carried out to deal with some serious problems we have been experiencing, including a leaking roof and windows

Councillor Andrew Cartwright

Councillor Andrew Cartwright, lead member for corporate services, said: “We have a 15-year lease on the building, after concentrating most staff in here during 2010 to reduce costs.

“The work is being carried out to deal with some serious problems we have been experiencing, including a leaking roof and windows, which forced the council to stop using the top floor of the building more than a year ago. During the work, the offices will remain open, although some disruption is inevitable. The front of the building will be covered in scaffolding, but the pavement will remain open, with a covered walkway for pedestrians. The Tourist Information Centre will remain open too, although there may be some disruption during deliveries and for work on its shopfront. We are very pleased our landlords are carrying out these vital works, which we expecting to be completed by the autumn.”