Historical Background to 7th July 2015 Cabinet Decision

Extracts from Cabinet report 7th July

The existing Civic Centre building is no longer suitable for ongoing use due to its high operational and maintenance cost, difficulties with WIFI and mobile phone reception, and the reduced requirement for space resulting from more efficient ways of working and a smaller compliment of staff.

Cabinet in October 2014 (REG246) noted that Officers, supported by professional advisers, had undertaken a detailed review of all options available to the Council and had concluded that a new Civic Centre should be built on Bath Road Car Park site for the ongoing accommodation of staff in Hounslow Town Centre. This would then release the current Lampton Road site for housing development. This is in accordance with emerging Local Plan policy and the Hounslow Town Centre masterplan 2014, which seek to promote the regeneration of Hounslow town centre and meet the Council’s housing target. Emerging policy included the allocation of both sites; Bath Road site has been identified for civic and housing uses, and the existing civic centre site for housing.

The Cabinet authorised the invitation of tenders for the development work at both sites, approved associated professional fees, noted that a business case would be presented back to Cabinet in June 2015 to consider award of contract to proceed, and noted the timetable to occupy the new building is summer 2018.

The existing Civic Centre is expensive to run, with annual costs of circa. £2.3m p.a. The building requiring a further £17m of maintenance works if it is to continue as home to the Council for the foreseeable future. The current building is also not particularly accessible for residents, nor does it meet the requirements of a modern organisation.

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