Halton Council depot gets £1.2m revamp

Chester-based architectural and planning consultancy Cassidy + Ashton has completed its refurbishment of Halton Council's Widnes depot.

The £1.2m investment in upgrading the facilities, which are in use 24/7, follows a feasibility study by Cassidy + Ashton which ensured that the project could be carried out without any interruption to services or impact on local residents or traffic movements.

The work was delivered in a phased programme of works over three years, and included refurbishment of several buildings on site, modular welfare buildings and reconfiguration of parking arrangements, vehicle storage and vehicle maintenance for both staff and service users. The construction was carried out by Lafarge Tarmac.

An outdated welfare block, transport office and archive store on the lower level were then demolished.

Dave Owen, chartered building surveyor and director at Cassidy + Ashton, said: "This project not only involved design challenges but also required careful phasing to ensure that the depot remained operational and staff remained safe throughout. The result is a depot with safer, more efficient traffic flows and accommodation that meets the needs of the varied staff on site.

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