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Accessibility Improvements to the Council Chamber

Meeting: 22/12/2021 - Cabinet (Item 10)

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Decision:

Cllr Lynden Stowe sought approval for the refurbishment of the Council Chamber, Shire Hall, to improve accessibility and energy efficiency.

 

Having considered all of the information. Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

1. Agree to upgrade and refurbish the Council Chamber in Shire Hall in order to improve accessibility, to bring it into line with fire and other buildings related legislation and make it more energy efficient.

 

2. Delegates authority to the Assistant Director of Asset Management and Property Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change:

 

a. to conduct a competitive procurement process under the council’s Major Partnering Framework in respect of a call-off contract for the supply of various new build and refurbishment works and services in relation to the Council Chamber.

 

b. to award such call-off contract to the preferred tenderer.

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Lynden Stowe sought approval for the refurbishment of the Council Chamber, Shire Hall, to improve accessibility and energy efficiency.

 

The proposed works would achieve statutory compliance and legislative requirements whilst taking advantage of updating the chamber whilst other works commence, providing cost efficiency to meet the basic needs as well as an overall refurbishment. The report outlined that the chamber required modernisation for access for people with disabilities, better seating to allow for fire evacuation, natural ventilation, improved heating and upgrades to the lift lobby within the chamber.

 

Cllr Stowe asked that members fed back their views and comments through Group Leaders.

 

The Leader outlined the importance of making the changes to the chamber including accessibility and better seating and he clarified that there were costs around the removal of asbestos. He emphasised that now was the time to make the changes to the chamber and that all members would have an opportunity to feed into the process with Group Leaders as the conduit for that.

 

Having considered all of the information. Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

1. Agree to upgrade and refurbish the Council Chamber in Shire Hall in order to improve accessibility, to bring it into line with fire and other buildings related legislation and make it more energy efficient.

 

2. Delegates authority to the Assistant Director of Asset Management and Property Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change:

 

a. to conduct a competitive procurement process under the council’s Major Partnering Framework in respect of a call-off contract for the supply of various new build and refurbishment works and services in relation to the Council Chamber.

 

b. to award such call-off contract to the preferred tenderer.