Office revamp scoops award

By on 26/05/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council is celebrating after winning the British Council for Offices (BCO) refurbished/recycled workplace award  for 1 Lancaster Circus at the BCO Midlands and East Anglia regional awards ceremony.

The event held at Birmingham Town Hall this afternoon (May 26) was attended by an array of industry professionals who came together to toast the success of office schemes across the region.

The workplace at 1 Lancaster Circus was transformed from being dated, tired and dismal into a bright, modern, fit for purpose working environment.

The workplace transformation supports the Council's Business Transformation programme and has enabled better service delivery.  The BCO recognised the efficient use of the space being achieved at 1 Lancaster Circus as well as praising the overall design and functionality of the building.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “This is an excellent achievement for Birmingham City Council to win such a prestigious award. The 1 Lancaster Circus project is clear demonstration of how the council can save money, whilst equipping staff with an improved working environment in which they can deliver better services for citizens.”

1 Lancaster Circus is a 17,226 net m2, five-storey building and provides 1,968 workstations for 2,400 employees.

The workplace is part of the Working for the Future programme which is on target to deliver over £100million of efficiency savings over the next 25 years and is part of the Council's Business Transformation programme being delivered in partnership with Service Birmingham.


For further information contact Kris Kowalewski at Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 3621

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.

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