Experts to visit council’s refurbished offices

By on 24/02/2010 in News

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has offered its members a trip to Birmingham City Council's refurbished offices at 1 Lancaster Circus, as part of its West Midlands technical tour schedule.

The tour will take place on March 2 and a diverse range of property professionals will have the opportunity to see the completion of the first phase of the project - the refurbishment of the third and fourth floors - revamped as part of the Working for the Future business transformation programme.

Working for the Future is transforming Birmingham City Council's 1.2 million sq ft administrative office portfolio to improve customer service delivery, provide better workplaces and act as a catalyst for new ways of working within more sustainable buildings.

BCO members will hear first hand about how the workspace at Lancaster Circus has been transformed into a new, light, bright environment that utilises natural daylight and new ways of working.

Phase two has already begun and refurbishments are ongoing – the ground, first and second floors are due for completion in June 2010.

Cllr Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Sponsor for Working for the Future, said: “Through the Working for the Future programme we are taking the Council's property into the 21st Century, and what we have achieved so far at Lancaster Circus is a shining example of this.

“We are delighted that other property professionals are keen to come and learn from our success.”

Peter Grant, BCO Midlands Chair, added: “The BCO aligns itself with best practice in the construction and occupation of office buildings undertaken in a sustainable manner.

“This is why we are pleased to be going to see Birmingham City Council's newly refurbished office building at Lancaster Circus. The council has refurbished a tired building with some great results that have surpassed many expectations.

“The architects, interior designers and rest of the project team should be commended on their approach. It is also clear that without a client who had the vision to take on board the design teams proposals, the project would not have got off the ground.

“The end result will be the creation of a great place to work - with all the benefits that brings - as well as a reduction in running costs of the council's office accommodation, helping to deliver a better service to the city of Birmingham.”


Notes to editors

1. Business Transformation is Birmingham City Council's ambitious nine-strand programme which aims to modernise and enhance services delivered across the whole authority to citizens. It is projected that the programme will realise benefits of around £1billion over the ten years to 2016.

2. Service Birmingham is a strategic partnership between Birmingham City Council and Capita which will support a transformation in the way the council works; improving services and contributing to its efficiency agenda. This strategic partnership forms part of the council’s objective to find better and more innovative ways of delivering services for the benefit of employees and citizens. The principle of this joint venture focuses on the provision of cost effective, sector leading, ICT services and in supporting the council in achieving its business transformation objectives.

3. Working for the Future, an essential part of the council's wider Business Transformation programme, will consolidate the operational office portfolio and will be a catalyst for increasing workforce agility across the council contributing to the delivery of four key outcomes: better customer service, improved workplaces and work styles, greater sustainability and lower property operating costs. The Central Administrative Buildings (CAB) element of WFTF programme is set to realise £100million of net benefits over 25 years.


For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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