Trafford Council Moves Closer to New Office Space
Planning permission to create modern open-plan office space and improved facilities for Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council has been secured, bringing the redevelopment of its historic town hall a step closer.
With councilors having pledged their support to the project, pending approval by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP), the ┬ú22m scheme would create 45,000 sq. ft. of new open plan office space and also allow the council chamber to be refurbished.
Central to the councilΓÇÖs support for the development, which would be carried out by Manchester based architecture firm 5plus and Shepherd Developments, is the need to adjust its available office space in order to accommodate more flexible working options and desk sharing.
According to a report on thebusinessdesk.com, the council is aiming to deliver a 60% reduction in the overall number of desks available to its staff.
The existing building is also reported to be in need of significant and widespread repair, a situation which would also be remedied if the redevelopment receives permission to proceed from Mr Pickles as Cllr Matt Colledge, Leader of Trafford Council explained:
“Trafford Town Hall requires an immediate programme of significant repairs if it is to remain operational.ΓÇ¥
“Redeveloping now will prevent the building going into further decay which would necessitate greater expense down the line and will provide us with an opportunity to make millions of pounds worth of savings- money that will be used to support front-line services. The planning application approval means we are now one step closer to being able to begin work on this crucial project.”
Commenting on the scheme Paul Norbury, Director of 5Plus Architects, stated that he believed the scheme would created a modern working environment that would ΓÇ£revitaliseΓÇ¥ the building and provide great benefits to the Trafford area.