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Work on £15m Cornwall Council office complex in Bodmin to start next month

By CGMikeS  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Mike Smallcombe

Work on £15m Cornwall Council office complex in Bodmin to start next month

BIG MONEY: A computer-generated image of the new council office complex in Bodmin.

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WORK on the new £15 million local government office complex at Bodmin’s Beacon Technology Park will begin next month and is set for completion by April next year.

BAM Construct, which has a local office in Exeter, will create the three-storey building and is looking to boost the local economy by using local suppliers, offering apprenticeships and working with schools in the area.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet gave the project final approval in December and the project is the first BAM has won under the council framework.

Council staff based in Bodmin will move to the new complex, accommodating 675 workers, along with some currently working in St Austell and Liskeard.

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The complex will be double the size of the one originally planned and the council says it hopes BT Cornwall staff will also move there, though the firm has made no commitment. As a back-up plan the authority has agreed to offer the space to its other partners or to the private sector.

Conservative councillors have criticised the multi-million expenditure at a time of budget cuts, however both BAM and Pat Rogerson, councillor for Bodmin’s St Leonard ward, believe the move will save money in the long run.

A BAM spokesman said: “The modern office block will allow the council to support a number of its services to work more effectively through co-location with each other.

“The new offices will be more efficient to run and manage than the range of older buildings which they replace.”

Mrs Rogerson, meanwhile, believes the offices will be “an investment for the council and an investment in people”.

She said: “The new offices will eventually save money and will help to regenerate the economy of Bodmin.”

BAM is targeting a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) rating of five, with sustainability features to include photovoltaic cells on the roof and natural ventilation.

Project manager Dave Hawkins said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen for this scheme and look forward to getting stuck in to creating a facility for the council to be proud of.

“This is our fourth project in Cornwall since we entered the market in 2011. We have built up a trusted supply chain and are very much enjoying working in the county.

“We hope this latest scheme will help us grow our presence in Cornwall and lead to further work.”

The three BAM projects in Cornwall so far have seen the completion of the Treliske innovation centre in Truro, the Truro residences project for Exeter University and the St. Michael’s Catholic secondary free school in Camborne.

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  • Plautus  |  January 25 2014, 8:05PM

    £15 million to house some of the legion of parasites and pariahs who prey upon the working folk of the county. Perhaps our glorious civic leaders could waste a few more tens of thousands of pounds on some consultants to teach the inhabitants of this building how to do an honest days work for a wage akin to that earned by the ordinary people who pay for them.

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  • hydrangea  |  January 24 2014, 10:49PM

    This is arrogance of the highest level. It sums it up when the building is shaped as a big "V". As tax payers we are being constantly ignored and ill conceived projects just continue to be thrust upon us despite there being no money. The existing buildings serve the communities well and with continued redundancies there will not be any staff to use the building. What is the point.

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  • Truro_England  |  January 24 2014, 6:12PM

    @break 100% correct! Slowly and not always noticed, our freedom of speech and even thoughts are being taken away from us in the UK. We are constantly told what to eat, what and when to watch TV, we are lied to about man made global warming, how much water or electric we should use, where we can shop, how much alcohol to drink and constant salt/ sugar intakes, freedom of choice and opinion is slowly dying. We can no longer view tobacco products on sale, we're not allowed to watch F1 cars travelling at £200 mph have a tobacco sign on them, etc etc. I still stand by my beliefs that in the near future, fast restaurants will have to install tinted windows!! But why, it's my freedom of choice to eat it, even if it's bad for me.

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  • Big_Ger  |  January 24 2014, 9:28AM

    "The complex will be double the size of the one originally planned and the council says it hopes BT Cornwall staff will also move there, though the firm has made no commitment." The county council saddles us with another white elephant.

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  • ScottManning  |  January 23 2014, 10:57PM

    Cornwall Council you have let us down again, the report on the corrupt nature of making nearly as much as Wesminster on parking fines per person is vulgar when Cornwall still remains one of the poorest counties. I only wish I knew where to go now to expose the corruption and utter injustice. The roads are poor, the public facilities are poor. Lets see all of your expenses and be transparent, get rid of the deadwood and start making scalable decisions on the ground and insightful ones for the Cornwall.

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  • break  |  January 23 2014, 8:56PM

    Don't you find its getting harder and harder these days,to differentiate between democracies and dictatorships? If it wasn't for them telling us that it is a democracy,I would've swore Cornwall is run by a dictatorship.

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  • MarjProops  |  January 23 2014, 7:18PM

    More jobs in St Austell to be lost as our unbelievable Councillors spend our hard earned money on something that is not needed whilst turning away private investment that would provide hundreds of jobs at no expense to the tax payer. Yes I'm on about Coyte Farm again. What was it George Orwell said about power corrupting?

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  • kernewekonan  |  January 23 2014, 5:43PM

    beware ! St, awful more jobs will go and something else for Truro to take away, like the Coyte farm development and more, done no doubt to appease the Truro chamber of commerce and others all of whom must be laughing their socks off. there is not a lot of life left in what was once Cornwalls biggest & best town. But then you only have yourselves to blame moaning and groaning about everything that people want to develop to make it better for the punters and jobs. very foolish is all I can describe it.

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  • wringer  |  January 23 2014, 5:11PM

    no money for toilets. no money for school transport. no money for the elderly. they have money they are just choosing to spend it on really really important things like propping up smits pit, the airport and building themselves some lovely shiny new offices. its all about priorities people and you aren't their priority so use your pencils wisely next time and vote them out.

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  • manicstreet  |  January 23 2014, 4:18PM

    Can't believe this waste of money It was a sad day for the taxpayer when the council's were forced to merge.

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