Newark and Sherwood District Council is formally marketing its Kelham Hall base through international property agents, Savills.
The hall is up for sale for a guide price of £2.5 million and the council is looking for a buyer who will allow the council to continue to operate from the hall until new offices are ready in 2017.
Council leader, Coun Roger Blaney, said: “We know there is interest in buying Kelham Hall but we want to make sure that we get the very best price we can. That’s why we’ve appointed Savills which has national and global contacts who might be interested in this opportunity. It’s important that we get the best value for money for the council tax payer.”
Kelham Hall Ltd, which currently operates the ground floor weddings, events and activities at Kelham Hall, will continue under an extended lease which also runs until 2017.
The council is likely to build new offices which will be smaller and more energy efficient. Although different options are being considered, a site in the council’s ownership next to the Castle railway station in Newark is the preferred option.
Council chief executive, Andrew Muter, said: “It is clear that a new office base for the council would be much cheaper to run and even taking into account any capital investment it will save money.”
The council will be looking at ways it can improve access by talking to other public services to see if they will join the council in the new offices and by building on work to make services available in other communities. A scheme is already operating in Ollerton where the public can access council and Jobcentre plus services one day a week.
Kelham Hall is likely to be on the market until the spring when the council will consider any offers it has received.