Town Hall set for £80k renovation

Photo : Lancastria House
Photo : Lancastria House
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Council bosses in Preston are to spend £80,000 revamping the Town Hall, so all city centre staff can work from there.

Leaders say the move will help save more than £500,000 a year by consolidating office space, and allow Lancastria House to be torn down as part of the markets redevelopment.

Proposals to re-plan the Town Hall were approved in 2013, based on increasing the density of desks and providing ‘hot desking’ areas on each floor. It will allow Lancastria House to be demolished, although plans are for the Art Deco facade to be maintained.

A report to Coun Martyn Rawlinson, cabinet member for resources, said all city-centre staff could be accommodated within the Town Hall, with additional funding needed to complete the project. It said the increased occupancy highlighted a need to improve the existing welfare facilities, such as kitchens and WC areas.

A spokesman said: “As part of our efficiency drive, the council has cut its accommodation costs and consolidated its offices within the Town Hall and has closed Lancastria House, Premier House and the offices in Birley Street. It has generated savings of more than £500,000 a year and contributed to the council’s overall savings targets of £3.6m a year by 2017 to 2018.”