Work begins on a new, low carbon council office to help bring long-term savings
The new office is designed to help bring long-term savings for the taxpayer and environment as part of a wider project to move more front-line council services into cost-effective, energy saving buildings.
It also marks a key milestone for the site which is planned to be regenerated into a new community which will include 805 much-needed new homes.* The site is on council-owned land which has been earmarked for development for more than a decade.
The Nottinghamshire County Council leader continued: "In going down from 17 offices to 9, we're saving local taxpayers millions, and ensuring that we can prioritise delivering services rather than just running expensive buildings. We've got a plan to make local services more sustainable for local people, for the long term."
Nottinghamshire County Councillor Keith Girling, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Asset Management continued: “One of the many advantages of this new building is that Morgan Sindall’s local supply chain will benefit from this, which is great news for the economy."
The first phase of works for the new office includes site clearance and creating a safe access to site. Construction work is due to start in the New Year and due to be completed in early 2025.
As well as the Council’s civic, democratic and leadership functions, it will be the new home to two key frontline services, the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for vulnerable children and adults, and the council’s customer service centre, which handles all public enquiries.
Meanwhile, construction of a new section of road and roundabout within the site, which began in September 2023, is progressing well and expected to be completed by Summer 2024. The aim is to improve access to the new office and ultimately help traffic flow ahead of planned new housing due to be built on the wider site.
The new office is being designed, project and cost-managed by Arc Partnership and delivered through Arc’s construction partner, Morgan Sindall Construction, with opportunities for their own local supply chain as the development takes shape.
Illustrative videos to show what the new office will look like https://youtu.be/85UjU0jg62U
Earlier in the summer, the majority of county councillors voted to eventually move out of County Hall in West Bridgford and move the Council’s civic, democratic and leadership functions into the new office.
County Hall is too expensive to operate and maintain with a cost of more than £1.7m each year. It also requires essential maintenance costing more than £30m over the next 12 years, plus an additional £28m would be needed to bring the building up to modern environmental standards.
And with the rise of home working, it is too large to meet the councils’ needs.
More details about the next stage for County Hall’s future options will be announced in the New Year.