Project launched to decide future of Council’s City Offices

Press Release: 23/10/2013

The City Council has launched a project to decide the future of its City Offices in Winchester.

Speaking at Winchester City Council’s Cabinet (Wednesday 23 October), Council Leader Cllr Keith Wood said:

The Council’s office on Colebrook Street is 40 years old and building surveys show a significant cost for repair of the roof, windows and much of the structure.

Our options are to repair, use existing buildings across the city or to extend the Guildhall. We have not made any decisions at this stage and certainly do not have any detailed plans for knocking down the existing offices or building anew.

I have asked officers to prepare detailed advice, including the costs of each option. I have asked Cllr Stephen Godfrey to take this forward, consult with other local authorities and commercial firms and to report back to Cabinet in the New Year.

Cllr Wood said the starting point for the project is that the Council’s headquarters should remain in Winchester, close to the Guildhall – which is the heart of civic life. The preference was for keeping people together in one building, although with 450 staff the Council needed to be flexible and ensure it used the latest technology to adopt modern working practices and deliver high-quality services to residents.

Cllr Wood added:

The Council has no plans to sell off Colebrook Street Car Park. As development at Silver Hill begins and the Friarsgate car park is demolished, so Colebrook Street will be important for all who visit and work in the City.