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Caddick to Transform Kendal Town Hall & South Lakeland House

Infra News - Published on Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Image Source: Caddick Kendal Town Hall South Lakeland House
Caddick Construction has secured the contract to reconfigure and refurbish Kendal Town Hall and South Lakeland House on behalf of South Lakeland District Council. The GBP 4.5 million project will create new, modern town centre offices to support the Council’s Customer Connect Programme as well as workspace for other businesses, including MintWorks2 to boost business start-up and growth of small and medium sized enterprises. As well as upgrading working facilities, the refurbishment will increase the range of events which can be accommodated at the Town Hall, provide disability access, open up more meeting room space for community groups and provide a joint reception area. The refurbishment will be sympathetic to the Town Hall’s listing and will enable greater use of the building by the public.

Designed to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability credentials of these buildings, the works will include improvements to insulation and windows and a green roof, solar panels and motion sensor LED lighting will be installed where appropriate to provide further efficiencies.

Planning permission and listed building consent have been obtained. Work will commence next month and is set to complete in September 2021. The Caddick Construction team will manage the work programme to minimise disruption to those who work in and visit the buildings.

South Lakeland District Council’s Cabinet approved the work following a buildings review as part of the council’s ‘Customer Connect’ innovation project. The review looked at how the council could best use its buildings to support objectives to transform and modernise the way SLDC works and provides services for its residents and businesses. The review concluded that the option that gave best value-for-money for the taxpayer would be to re-model South Lakeland House so around half the office space would be available to let to other organisations, with the main reception areas for the public moving to Kendal Town Hall. The business case shows that the cost of the scheme would be fully repaid through savings from a more efficient building, reducing business rates and maintenance costs and additional income from letting out surplus office space, and would generate total savings of GBP 450,000 over 10 years.

South Lakeland District Council undertook consultation regarding the proposals in 2019.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 22 Sep 2020
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