Yet Another Council to Cut Office Space
Somerset County Council have become the latest in a string of government organisations to announce changes in the way they use their existing office space ΓÇô having approved plans to empty 40% of its office space as part of a ΓÇ£property rationalization programmeΓÇ¥ according to Publicpropertyuk.com.
The scheme, which is referred to as the councils Office of the Future Project, will aim to free up some 230,000 sq. ft. of council office space ΓÇô with the empty office buildings possibly being sold off in order to help cut a reported ┬ú400m debt held by the Council.
Should the scheme prove successful new working methods and property sharing arrangements will be used to accommodate the 3,000 + staff currently based in the office space.
Only today we covered a story about ΓÇ£grace and favourΓÇ¥ apartments in Whitehall, previously used by the likes of John Prescott and Winston Churchill, facing the possibility of being converted to office space as part of the new governments cost-cutting. In addition the Conservative / Liberal Democrat led city council in Birmingham have also introduced a scheme to streamline the way employees use council owned office space.