Planned refurbishment of Shirehall
At a meeting of the full council on Thursday 13 December councillors agreed to proceed with the next stage (stage 3) of plans to refurbish and reconfigure Shirehall. Take a look at the report (got to item 17).
Councillors have now approved the refurbishment in principle of the entire Shirehall building, subject to a final business case, developed designs and final project budget that will need to be approved by cabinet early next year. A detailed project budget, developed designs and a full business case would then presented to full council.
The stage 3 work will cost £1.15m and will see more detailed designs and costs worked up and an application for planning approval made, as well as work on the strategy to procure the contractors for the final refurbishment work.
At the meeting, the deputy leader confirmed that “Whilst the stage 3 work is being carried out we will be looking at other options in parallel. This is to ensure that we can demonstrate that the overall best value option is selected."
The overall cost of the project is estimated to be £24.1m, but this spend is set to be met by the proposed income generation and savings, with a return of 7% anticipated.
The work will be funded from Shropshire Council’s ‘capital budget’. This is money that legally can only be spent on or invested in assets and infrastructure projects, and not on the direct provision of council services. Any money earned or saved as a result of a capital project can however then be added to the council’s ‘revenue budget’ to help fund key frontline council services.
The work is set to be completed by autumn 2021.
We’ll provide further, regular updates here as work progresses.