Gloucester City Council proposal to relocate

 

Gloucester City Council is seeking to start discussions with County council about relocating to Shire Hall.

The council is looking to make savings and improve efficiency by making changes to its headquarters. A number of proposals have been put forward, one of which is to move staff to Shire Hall.

Currently, the city council occupy parts of the Herbert, Kimberley and Philpotts warehouses in Gloucester docks, and a small amount of space in the adjacent North warehouse.

As part of the Together Gloucester transformation, the city council Is looking to downsize and adopt flexible working to be able to fit into just one warehouse, however, alternative proposals of moving staff elsewhere have also been investigated.

Whilst there would be some running cost savings from moving from three warehouses to just one, it would cost the council a sizeable amount of money to refurbish and move its infrastructure. Moving elsewhere might prove better value for money.

The city council intends retain the Civic Suite in North Warehouse regardless of a relocation in order to maintain the council’s identity and preserve the city’s rich civic tradition.

Moving in to Shire Hall alongside the county council could have other benefits such as better collaborative working and combined efficiency savings. This option has been recommended as the most beneficial to explore in the short term.

Last night (21st), cabinet discussed these proposal for the relocation of the city council from the existing accommodation and to begin formal discussions with the county council about the possibility of moving into Shire Hall in 2018. Other proposals such as the creation of new offices/chamber as part of the regeneration within King’s Quarter were also considered.

Cllr David Norman, cabinet member for performance and resources said: “A move to Shire Hall would offer a number of advantages for the city council. The vacant possession of the warehouses will provide a new commercial opportunity in the docks, with the potential to generate income for the council.

“It could reduce the need to invest in new infrastructure and it could increase the opportunity for the city and county council to work more collaboratively across complementary services.

“Gloucestershire County Council is receptive to this proposal but negotiations are in the early stages and further discussions are needed.”

Shire Hall is currently undergoing refurbishment to provide a more eco-friendly, and efficient office space for staff. Plans are in place to fit solar panels to light Shire Hall and significantly reduce the council’s energy bills and carbon footprint.

The refurbishment is part of the wider regeneration of Blackfriars and Quayside. The refurbishment is due to finish in 2018.

 

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