TWO Rivers Housing will be moving into swish new offices in Newent later this week.
It’s vacating its home at Mitcheldean’s Vantage Point to purpose-built eco-friendly headquarters in the market town.
Rivers Meet, the new home of the housing association, is widely-tipped to become the first BREEAM Excellent new-build office in the county when assessments are complete - a key indicator of its green credentials.
While it’s good news for Two Rivers, questions have been raised about the impact in Mitcheldean.
Vantage Point has lost two big tenants in a matter of months now, with The Range closing its distribution centre there in September and now Two Rivers relocating.
No-one from the business park was available to comment on what, if any, replacements are being lined up.
District councillor Ian Whitburn (I, Mitcheldean and Drybrook) said: “It is a shame that Mitcheldean is losing jobs in the first place.
“We need to attract more people in now. It is a great location with a lot of office space.
“However I understand why Two Rivers Housing are moving as it makes more sense to them economically.”
Two Rivers chief executive Garry King said: “All the new homes we build incorporate sustainable features, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps to keep running costs to a minimum.
“We wanted our office to reflect similar standards so that it was as efficient to run as possible.
“This will help us to reduce our carbon footprint and keep energy costs low, which will leave more money to invest in our tenants’ homes and services.”
Features in the new offices include solar panels to generate electricity, an air source heat pump, low-energy lighting, high levels of insulation and water-saving appliances.