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Council to combine four office sites in cost saving measure

Posted by Mark
December 19, 2013 in Office Partitioning

Kent County Council has announced that it is to carry out a complete  office fit out  office fit out on its main building, with a view to slashing expenses.

The cost of the Invicta House refurbishment is set to reach £4.4 million. However, the move – which will see staff centralised from other offices – could save over £1.5 million annually.

Once completed, staff from the council’s other sites in Bishops Terrace, Brenchley House and Cantium House will move across to the Maidstone HQ.

Under the plans, the council is expected to sell Cantium House, with a six figure sum likely to be realised. The site is presently the base for the majority of the IT staff for the local authority.

The other two sites are leased, and cost the council £1.6 million to run on an annual basis.

Presently, Invicta House is home to about 600 workers. The headquarters for the economic development service area, it is also the location for the highways and personnel divisions. Regulatory services are also based there.

After the refit, the number of staff able to be accommodated will almost be doubled. Built three decades ago, the southern England council says that major works are planned, to transform the site and bring it up to standard.

Whilst the most ambitious plans that councillors have approved, it is only part of a raft of plans in the pipeline.

Across the county – popularly dubbed The Garden of England – the council is planning to reorganise and refurbish all of its office assets.

The refurbishment works are scheduled to get started in the early part of the new year, with a summer 2015 completion date being targeted.

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