Codsall Community Hub
Building for the future
Codsall Community Hub
At a council meeting on Tuesday 11 August 2020, Councillors at South Staffordshire Council gave the green light for the start of building work on an ambitious project to refurbish and add an extension to the Council Offices in Codsall and create a modern Community Hub.
Members met to approve the final business case and review development plans for the new Community Hub. Although implementation for the Codsall Community Hub project was approved by Council in September 2019, there was a need for completion of a full tender exercise.
Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, Leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, “The financial appraisal and analysis in the business case shows that this project is viable and rental income will offset costs enabling the project to be cost neutral to the taxpayer.
“By taking a commercial approach, we are turning a financial liability into an income generator, creating a modern working environment as well as generating savings and income. South Staffordshire Council is no stranger to taking on new commercial ventures - we're in the running for the Best Commercial Council Award in this year's national MJ Awards - and this project is synonymous with the Council's robust approach to commercialism, due diligence and risk management.
“The impact of COVID-19 has tested, and proven, the Council's ability to work remotely and underlined the need to update the building's outdated infrastructure and enhance the space so it's conducive for a future way of working, with agile working continuing to be a driving factor behind the design of the office space in the Community Hub. This investment will secure the building's long-term future and the Council has been working with partners and local businesses to make sure the new Community Hub meets the needs of the local community. I'm sure it will be a huge asset to the district and I'm looking forward to seeing it open in early 2022."
Specialist teams from across the public, health, private and voluntary sectors will be co-located together in the Community Hub's modern, agile working and collaborative environment and residents will benefit from being able to access multiple services on one site.
Partners including Russell House Primary Care Practice, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council remain committed to moving into or retaining space within the new Community Hub.
As part of the plans, the existing library will be relocated to a new extension built at the front of the building and there will be a refurbished café, coffee bar and retail unit set in an open plan atrium, increased car parking, and community meeting rooms. More office space will be available for local businesses through the award-winning South Staffordshire Business Hub, which is already located at the Council Offices
Jayne Ralph, Practice Manager at Russell House Surgery, said, “We are really excited about the plans and are looking forward to relocating to the new Community Hub. It means our practice will be more accessible, all on one floor for patients, there will be parking provision and we will have increased consulting rooms enabling us to expand services."
Seddon Construction Limited, the UK's largest privately owned and family managed contracting business, has been awarded the contract for refurbishing and building the Community Hub.
Stuart Fanshaw, Operations Director at Seddon, said, “At Seddon, people are at the heart of everything we do. We were drawn to the Codsall Community Hub project because of its emphasis on bringing local people closer - not only to each other, but to those responsible for the community. We hope the finished project will help local residents to feel even more in touch with their council."
The team is expected to start on site in mid-September 2020 and the complete build programme will take approximately 17 months with completion expected in early 2022.
Further information is available within the documents below.