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Cardiff City Council buildings to see huge overhaul | 15 July 2011

Cardiff City Council has outlined plans to revolutionise its office structure.

As part of the new scheme, most the council’s 51 office buildings will be scaled back to a core of just four.

The four core buildings in the new development will be County Hall, Wilcox House, Global Link and City Hall.

County Hall, situated in Cardiff Bay and one of the largest factors in the areas regeneration in the 1990s will remain the council’s administrative centre. It will also benefit from the inclusion of conference, function and meeting rooms.

These four core buildings will then undergo a £17 million upgrade in a bid to reduce both operating costs and carbon emissions.

City councillor Mark Stephens spoke to BBC News about the costs, stating: “We spend just under £6 million on energy costs, including schools.

“If we can make some strides on energy efficiency, we can save additional money that’s not included in our plans yet. The bottom line is that we still need to save money.”

Speaking to fm-world.co.uk, another council spokesperson did acknowledge that the changeover would not be a smooth one, given so many changes were required.

“Some staff will be uncomfortable with a desk that is no longer ‘their’ desk and other staff will need quiet space when their duties require it,” the spokesperson claimed.

“It will be very important to consider that changing employees work style may initially affect productivity and motivation. [However] it is worth noting that open plan working has been successfully implemented in a large number of local authorities across the United Kingdom.”

Written by Joe Elvin on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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