Contest opens for Colwyn Bay civic offices

Conwy County Council is looking to appoint a development partner to provide 150,000 sq ft of office accommodation in the centre of Colwyn Bay and is hosting a developers' day next week.

A spokesman for the council said: "Over recent years the council has been reviewing its buildings and looking at ways to operate more efficiently and improve services for customers, such as consolidating staff and services onto fewer sites. Developing office accommodation in the centre of Colwyn Bay could potentially result in decommissioning up to 13 existing offices and reducing the council's footprint by 30%."

Council leader, Cllr Dilwyn Roberts, said: "We're in a position where our office accommodation and business needs could help deliver our masterplan for the regeneration of Colwyn Bay, by locating our staff in the centre of town. So we'll be looking for an experienced development partner to help us achieve these ambitions."

The council recently bought several sites in the town and is looking to work with the existing occupiers to improve the accommodation, and to also bring 700 council staff to the town centre.

Another important part of the office accommodation strategy is to find an alternative use for the civic offices and other council assets by 2017, as part of this rationalisation.

Knight Frank and DWF advise the council.

  • Local and national developers are invited to a Developers Day on 16 July 2014. For more information contact Bleddyn Evans, county valuer and asset manager, on 01492 574273.

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