City chiefs are looking to replace “seriously defective” windows at Preston Town Hall, at a cost of more than £200,000.
Leaders say the new windows would improve the energy efficiency of the building, and said part of the cost would be met by other savings within the authority.
Many of the windows are coming to the end of their life and are not particularly efficient, so with some of the work we have done with solar panels on the roof, we have become much more energy efficient.Coun John Swindells
Experts have estimated the work will cost £204,000, and it is set to go out to tender.
Preston Council’s deputy leader Coun John Swindells said: “Many of the windows are coming to the end of their life and are not particularly efficient, so with some of the work we have done with solar panels on the roof, we have become much more energy efficient. It’s part of a replacement programme that’s been going on for some time.”
He said the windows would be paid for, partly, by savings made through bringing staff into the Town Hall and out of Lancastria House and Birley Street offices.
Coun Swindells said: “Because of some of the issues with it being a listed building, it puts the cost up with the windows we can actually use.”
A report to be discussed by Preston Council’s cabinet this week said the existing windows were single-glazed, “twisted beyond repair” and “badly ill-fitting”.
It said: “In view of the seriously defective nature of the windows, the significant heat-loss and the subsequent discomfort of staff, it has been decided to invite tenders for the phased replacement of all the windows to both the Lancaster Road and Birley Street façades, to supplement the, already approved, phase one works.” It said new windows would cut energy costs at the Town Hall.