NELC bosses move out of Grimsby's Municipal Offices to save money
COUNCIL bosses are today moving out of Grimsby's Municipal Offices in the next stage of the authority's plan to save £1 million a year in accommodation costs.
Senior councillors, officers and other staff will be temporarily moving to the Knoll in Cleethorpes, while the remaining employees will relocate to other council premises across the borough.
The refurbishment will see the creation of an open-plan working environment, increasing the capacity of the building from 131 to about 338 staff (excluding customer access areas).
The changes will allow the council to concentrate its workers in the Municipal Offices – one of two town centre "hubs" along with the Civic Offices in Cleethorpes.
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Work is expected to begin once the building is vacated by the end of March, and should be completed by early next year.
The customer access point on the ground floor will remain open, but there could be some changes to the current opening times.
It will enable the council to come out of a number of leased properties, including:
Freeman House, in Freeman Street, Grimsby.
Thrunscoe Centre Offices, in Highgate, Cleethorpes
St James' House, in St James' Square, Grimsby.
Melbourne House, in Town Hall Square, Grimsby.
It follows a pilot scheme, completed in January last year, which increased the capacity of the Civic Offices from 250 to 323 staff.
As part of that pilot, the following buildings were vacated:
43 Freeman Street, Grimsby (an annual saving of £15,096).
1 Town Hall Square, Grimsby (£73,550).
Unit 8/9 Acorn Business Park, Moss Road, Grimsby (£101,693).
Unit 1 Acorn Business Park (£ 55,380).
Education Development Centre, Heneage Road, Grimsby (£73,326).
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