Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

County council spends £400k on safety improvements at civic centre

14:42 10 March 2014

Devon County Council is spending £200,000 replacing fire doors at the civic centre in Barnstaple.

Devon County Council is spending £200,000 replacing fire doors at the civic centre in Barnstaple.

Archant

Upgrades ‘essential’ despite uncertainty over future of Barnstaple building.

DEVON County Council is spending nearly £400,000 on safety upgrades at the civic centre in Barnstaple – despite uncertainty over the future of the building.

Half the building could be empty by the end of the year but the council said it was carrying out the overhaul to comply with fire safety legislation.

Around 200 fire doors are being replaced as part of a planned maintenance contract awarded in November last year.

The work also includes building fire protection; links to the fire alarm system; protection in non-accessible areas; and re-configuration of the internal structure to meet current fire safety regulations.

The anticipated costs, which are yet to be finalised, are expected to be around £380,000

The county council is currently making £28million worth of cuts – including to day centres, residential homes and the youth service – because of a government funding squeeze.

A spokesman said fire safety audits had flagged up the ‘essential’ programme of work, expected to be completed shortly.

“The safety of staff and visitors in all of our buildings, including the civic centre in Barnstaple, is of paramount importance,” said the spokesperson.

“This work is essential regardless of whether the building is fully occupied or whether it will be vacated at some point in the future.”

Earlier this month, the Gazette reported that North Devon Council, which occupies just under half the building, had signalled its intention to find alternative premises.

Last week, architects revealed speculative plans to transform the building into riverside residential apartments, although the county council said no decisions had been made about the future of the building.

The county council has around 185 staff based at the civic centre. In addition to the district council, the main occupiers are HM Courts Service, the BBC, and the police, who occupy a separate building next door.

The county council spokesman added: “It’s very early days. We understand that North Devon Council would like to vacate the building. We’re discussing that with them with a view to ensuring the interests of both organisations are achieved.

“As part of our estates strategy more broadly, we are continually reviewing all our properties including the civic centre and other properties in Barnstaple.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 21:44
There was lots to see and do at the All Things Local event hosted by Ilfracombe's Tesco store. Picture: Tony Gussin

All Things Local event drew in the crowds on Saturday

Read more
Yesterday, 12:57
The scene of the accident today (Sunday).

Four vehicles involved in collision near Landkey with two people cut from their vehicles by fire fighters today (Sunday).

Read more
Yesterday, 09:30
Keira Martin, aged nine from Locksbeam Farm, Torrington, with her organic Ayrshire, Golden Oblique Snowdrop. Picture: Andy Keeble

Order your tickets now for the North Devon Show on Wednesday, August 3

Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Survivors Catherine Eason, Lilian Bailey, Joyce Shipman from Braunton, and Adrian Partridge from Minehead show their support. Picture: Andy Keeble

Hundreds take part in Relay for Life at rugby club

Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Barnstaple Park and Ride service by Park School is ending

Bus passengers who used the Barnstaple Park and Ride are now being directed to a new bus stop.

Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Teddy has plenty of affection to offer his new owner.

With Barnstaple and District Cats Protection

Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Birdman is set to soar again. Picture: Andy Keeble

Don’t miss the free South West Birdman extravaganza next Saturday (July 30)

Read more
Friday, July 22, 2016
Chulmleigh’s retiring town crier Eileen Dolling will be ringing in the start of Old Fair week with the town’s new crier Ben Farlam. Picture: Contributed

Traditional fair begins on Tuesday evening with queen crowning and money scramble

Read more
Friday, July 22, 2016
Last year's Relay for Life raised £17,000 for Cancer Research UK. Picture: TidyEye PR

All welcome to join the battle against cancer and have a fund day out at the same time – Barnstaple Rugby Club from 12noon

Read more
Friday, July 22, 2016
Coco would love a new home with lots of toys

With Dogs Trust Ilfracombe

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications