Council splashes out on £6million refurb ‘to save money’

Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes Council

A £6million splurge to revamp a 1980s council building “makes good business sense”, according to chiefs.

Milton Keynes Council claims it will save taxpayers at least £1.1million each year from 2017/18 - but not before spending millions to modernise its Civic Offices.

The long-term plan is to relocate hundreds of council staff to the Silbury Boulevard base from nearby Saxon Court in order for the empty building to be rented out.

The hefty cash investment has been slammed as a “complete waste of money” by opposition councillors.

But despite backlash towards the plans, Councillor Rob Middleton has stood by the investment which he says will “pay for itself” in less than six years.

He said: “The reason for this project is cost reduction, not refurbishment

“The many millions in promised savings will be free to be spent elsewhere on protecting valuable frontline services.

“And there is the potential for even greater savings, as we begin to rent out more and more of Saxon Court to other rent paying commercial sector users.”

The refurb aims to maximise the use of office space and encourage staff to “adopt more agile ways of working” in order to fit staff into one building.

No-one will have their own designated desk and senior staff - including the chief executive - will no longer have their own offices.