A consolidation and modernisation project has been completed at Spelthorne Borough Council Offices, Knowle Green. This culminated in the opening of a new and improved multi-functional reception area for residents.
The main objective of the project, which started in July last year, was to free up a wing of the Council Offices for conversion to much-needed affordable housing for Borough residents. To achieve this, the council has reduced its office footprint by 43%, some 15,000 sq. feet. This required a new office design, the use of new technology, a reconfiguration and relocation of all 250 staff and a more efficient use of space for furniture and storage. It was an opportunity to modernise the offices through refurbishment and to make it more energy efficient through the upgrading of its windows, which along with reduced business rates arising from occupying a smaller area, will contribute future savings to running costs for the Council. Crucially, the character of the building and its traditional civic space for public meetings has been retained.
Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Council, said: “When I was first elected as Leader of the Council three years ago, I really wanted to do what I could to retain the iconic Council Office building at Knowle Green whilst mindful of the need to reduce operational costs. This scheme is the result of a lot of hard work to find that balance and help deliver our overall aim to make the best use of Council-owned assets. I would like to thank staff for their cooperation during the works, some of which were noisy and disruptive, whilst maintaining ‘business as usual’ services for our residents”.
Works to convert the west wing of the Council into affordable housing are expected to start later this year. Further information is available on the Council’s website, application reference 18/01267/PDO