Next stage for Wealden District Council single site headquarters

THE VISION to create a single site headquarters for Wealden District Council is closer to becoming a reality now a planning application has been lodged.

All staff will be relocated from Crowborough and existing Hailsham offices into a new, refurbished site at Vicarage Road, Hailsham at an estimated saving of £350,000 a year.

Documents say the new HQ will ‘improve community engagement through an appropriate, sustainable and customer focused facility, promote quality of life for the district council’s staff through flexible working arrangements, adapt to keep pace with increasing public expectations, be delivered on time and represent value for money.’

The current Hailsham site hosts district council offices, a primary school, leisure centre, bowling alley and community hall.

The council building will be modified and a three-storey extension built to house a new reception, conference and meeting rooms and general office. The existing community hall will be refurbished for council meetings with rooms at the nearby leisure centre made available.

Flexible working patterns will see a 4:3 staff to desk ratio. Other staff will be expected to work from home, out on site or on workstations with others.

An emergency standby generator is to be replaced on the site as part of the plans to be used in case of a major civil incident such as flooding. Willmott Dixon Construction has been appointed as the contractor for the development proposal. A consultation on the plans ends this week.