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Council signs deal for new headquarters

Council signs deal for new headquarters

A £39 million deal has been signed for the construction of a new headquarters building for Conwy County Council.

The local authority has joined forces with Bowmer and Kirkland to bring all its operations under one roof, with the new four-storey, 95,000 sq ft town centre building taking over from 13 different offices in use at present.

This move is expected to save running costs and cut the council's carbon footprint, while also creating construction jobs in the local area.

Morgan Sindall's urban regeneration arm Muse will take on the task of building the new structure, once work has been done to demolish the buildings currently occupying the town centre site.

Muse will also work on the second phase of the project, which will involve the refurbishment of a Grade II-listed civic building east of the town.

Commenting on the project, development director at Muse Wes Erlam said: "This is a great deal for Colwyn Bay, with tens of millions set to be invested into the ongoing regeneration of the town.

"We’re working with Conwy Council to deliver this important development which will help them to operate more efficiently and reduce their carbon footprint by bringing a number of key services together into one energy-efficient and accessible building."

The scheme is one of a number being developed by councils across Britain to help them save cash at a time when they face more cuts and a long-term future of having to be more cost-efficient.

Other local authorities are spending heavily on refurbishing existing buildings that already house most of their functions. In Manchester, the Grade II-listed town hall is being refurbished at a cost of £330 million.

However, cuts have led to some local authorities abandoning plans for new town hall buildings, an example of this being neighbouring Trafford, which had devised plans a decade ago to move to a new headquarters building close to the Manchester Ship Canal.

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