Harris Lamb has been given the green light by councilors to build a new office for a Worcester housing association.

Having successfully won a tender to identify a site for a new office on behalf of Fortis Living, the business secured space beside the organisation’s existing premises and put forward proposals to the city council.

Simon Hawley, of Harris Lamb’s planning consultancy, said: “We’re extremely pleased with how smoothly this instruction has progressed. Further to winning the tender, we were able to secure a site off Midlands Road in Worcester, beside Progress House, Fortis’ existing base.

“The intention is that once the new building is complete, both offices will be used together as the organisation’s new headquarters.

“An application was approved by the council’s planning committee for a 15,000 sqft office, along with a further  planning 15,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace that will be put to the market to address the shortage of space across the region. The application was well received my members and we’re delighted to be able to drive forward with the plans,” he said.

Harris Lamb’s building team has been instructed to oversee the construction, which is expected to commence next year.

Simon added: “This is a prime example of communication within the business, from site identification and acquisition right through to delivery. We look forward to seeing the project to its conclusion.”

Fortis Living is a not-for-profit housing association based in Worcestershire, providing more than 15,000 homes across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. With a turnover of over £75 million a year, it is one of the largest housing providers in the West Midlands.