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Office improvement work to save £400,000 a year

The council has progressed plans to create one town centre office hub to save taxpayers more than £400,000 a year.

A specialist building company has been awarded a contract to transform the council’s Time Square building into an expanded, modern and efficient office so that an additional 170 staff from Easthampstead House can be based there.

This work, which will see the atrium replaced with improved public access and additional office space created, will ensure all staff currently based at Easthampstead House can work from Time Square from next spring.

The move means the council will not have to make the substantial repairs needed to Easthampstead House, which also requires extensive continual maintenance due to its age and condition. This will save the council around £400,000 per year.

Once completed, Time Square will be able to accommodate 950 staff; and will also encompass a modern council chamber for public meetings and additional public meeting room space.

The work also means that Easthampstead House, as an outdated 60s office block which is no longer fit for purpose, can be demolished and will form an important site for the next phase of the ongoing regeneration of Bracknell town centre. The council is in the process of procuring a company to undertake this work next year.

The annual maintenance savings and the proceeds from the eventual sale of the land will represent another step in the council's transformation journey, which is making it even more efficient, innovative and cost-effective.

Cllr Peter Heydon, executive member for transformation and finance, said:

The costs associated with buildings make up a significant slice of our expenditure so we are reducing the number of buildings we use and maximising the use of our Time Square offices.

The demolition of Easthampstead House is a big step forward in achieving a £400,000 annual saving from consolidating our offices and will also pave the way for the next phase of the town's regeneration, generating additional income for the council and supporting the local economy.