Council names contractor for new HQ refit

by Jim Dunton Wed 1 May 2013, 5:48 pm

Reading Borough Council has appointed contractor Morgan Sindall to convert its new Plaza West headquarters into an acceptable hub for the authority.

The council is due to vacate its current civic centre next year, to make way for the redevelopment of that part of the town centre.

According to Reading, the move and refurbishment of the more modern Plaza West building come with a total capital cost of £25.48 million, compared with an estimated bill of £51.47 million for refurbishing its existing headquarters.

Morgan Sindall has been tasked with adapting Plaza West - of which the authority gains possession this month - to the needs of councillors and members of the public as well as for the authority’s staff.

It may also be required to find room for a Post Office at the Bridge Street building.

Council leader Jo Lovelock said that while the borough was looking to re-use some of Plaza West’s existing office space, the building would still need to make provision for public receptions and democratic space.

“It is also important that all of the public facing services at Plaza West can be located on the ground floor and this is where much of the refurbishment work will take place,” she said.

“The selection of a preferred contractor allows us to begin that important piece of work.”

Morgan Sindall area director Kevin Sage said the Plaza West refurbishment would become a focal point for residents and deliver “long-term, sustainable value”.

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