Manchester City Council is set to agree a £10m funding package to refurbish Alexandra House, a local authority-owned and occupied office building in Hulme home to around 360 staff.
As part of its wider estates regeneration programme, the council is planning to overhaul the building including the replacement of its mechanical and electrical plant, including installing a new combined heat and power unit.
There will also be upgrades to the building’s façade including window replacements and external insulation. The council said this would expand the building’s capacity and “bring the accommodation up to model office standard”.
The building near Hulme Asda houses the council’s revenue and benefits staff, with around 360 people working out of the building. These staff are to be relocated for around 18 months as work gets under way.
It is expected the refurbishment work at Alexandra House will allow shared services and the council’s revenue and benefits functions to operate out of the building, bringing its total capacity to 500.
The project is expected to complete in early 2021. Manchester City Council’s executive is expected to sign off the funding at a meeting today.