Bristol council starts change programme

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Bristol City Council is embarking on a renovation plan designed to embed flexible working and increase efficiency.

The final members of staff have left the Grade II* listed City Hall, which is to be remodelled internally to create open floor plans and flexible working areas. The building is scheduled to reopen in summer 2016.

The project is part of a programme of works designed to save over £50m. The exterior will remain largely unaltered and the Council Chamber and other iconic spaces left intact, but the office areas will be “more suited to a 21st Century way of working”, said Mayor George Ferguson.

“City Hall is one of Bristol’s finest buildings but the office areas are in dire need of refurbishment and re-ordering to increase both working and energy efficiency,” he said. “Major cuts in our funding from central government require us to work differently to deliver the kind of savings that are required. This investment is a vital step towards reducing our city-wide administration costs, delivering total savings in excess of £50m by April 2017.

“The council’s workforce will be more flexible, more efficient and more suited to a 21st century way of working that will both reduce the council’s carbon footprint and save money in perpetuity.”

By 2018 the majority of council staff will work from just two core offices; the refurbished City Hall and the council’s other new city centre base at 100 Temple Street, where the Mayor and senior management team will be based during the refurbishment.

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