Civic Offices ‘open for business as usual’ as essential repair work begins
2 September 2016
As a project gets underway to ensure that the Civic Offices in Angel Street, Bridgend can continue to be used for another 30 years and accommodate up to 800 workers, Bridgend County Borough Council is reassuring residents that the building and the Customer Services Centre will remain open for business throughout the works.
The project will see scaffolding erected in stages around the building to enable the badly-leaking roof to be replaced with a new solar energy system. At the same time, energy-efficient windows will be installed, and the exterior stonework will be re-sealed for further protection.
The work is essential in order to ensure that the building remains structurally sound and safe to use for at least another three decades.
It forms part of a council initiative that aims to deliver multi-million pound savings by reducing the number of offices and depots that it needs to run, streamlining its structure, disposing of the former Sunnyside site and relocating 250 staff from its Ravens Court premises so that the building can be leased to bring fresh business into the town centre.
To minimise inconvenience, the project will also coincide with work in Angel Street that will extend the cycling and pedestrian route from Raven’s Court over to the Water Street Bridge and into the town centre.
Council Leader Mel Nott OBE said: “This work is essential if the Civic Offices is to remain usable for the next 30 years, and will enable the building to accommodate up to 800 members of staff
“The Civic Offices was originally home to Ogwr council, the predecessor authority to Bridgend County Borough Council, and unless we undertake this work now, we will end up being in the position of having to look at demolishing and building new council offices from scratch.
“We are using the opportunity to incorporate new energy efficient measures that will save money in the long term, contribute to the effective operation of the building and have less of an impact on the environment.
“Unfortunately, none of this can be delivered without some inevitable inconvenience while the works are underway, so visitors should expect things like noise disruption and temporary signposted alternative access into the building during certain phases of the project.
“The disabled parking bays outside the Civic Offices may become temporarily unavailable during specific phases of the work, but we are scheduling these to coincide with dedicated disabled parking becoming available at the nearby all-new Rhiw multi-storey.
“At the same time, we will be maintaining a disabled parking space at the rear of the Civic Offices for use during Blue Badge applications.
“Every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience and disruption during this project, and residents can be assured that the Civic Offices will remain open for business as usual throughout the works.”