Funding sought for ambitious building proposals

By on 20/07/2009 in News

Cabinet approval is being sought on July 27 for funding for Birmingham City Council's plans to rationalise and improve its administrative office estate, which will ultimately save the authority over £100million in the process.

The proposed funding for the Central Administrative Buildings (CAB) project - part of the Working for the Future Business Transformation programme - will help the council to ensure that it has a property portfolio fit for the demands of the 21st century.

In total, the net prudential borrowing of £51.413million will enable significant improvements to the delivery of services to the people of Birmingham as well as providing a better, more efficient working environment for employees - also supporting the council's plans to reduce its carbon footprint and improve sustainability in the process.

The Working for the Future programme, being delivered in partnership with Service Birmingham, also covers other areas such as agile working (the ability to work in the 'field' or in different offices).

Cllr Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “By delivering on our ambitious plans to overhaul our property estate, we will be in the strongest position possible to deliver on our vision of first-class services for the citizens of Birmingham.

“We need buildings that support ways of working that are modern, efficient and fit for purpose, based on the technologies available at our disposal.

“The Working for the Future programme successfully brings all of this together for the good of this city and its citizens.”

ENDS

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 almost £1.5billion 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 office portfolio, providing new workspace for around 9,000 employees across the council and contributing to the delivery of four key outcomes: better customer service, improved workplaces and work styles, greater sustainability and lower property operating costs. WFTF is set to realise £100million of benefits for the council.

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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