Since the decision was taken to move to a new Civic HQ in September 2006, the Civic Offices maintenance regime has been scaled back to a basic level to maintain day-to-day operation and safety. This lack of planned investment in the maintenance of the building has led to further deterioration in its condition, increased risks, and has incurred significant costs in urgent health and safety repairs.This is a chart showing cost savings, refurb against new build.
Reading Civic Centre Waste Of Money I wrote a letter to the local press in September 2006, saying the proposed Rebuild of the Civic Centre was a waste of money. The reasons the Labour Council gave for replacing it was that it was old, actually its far newer than most of Reading, Victorian houses were built to last. They also talked about the new one being greener, costing less to heat and cool. Actually knocking down a structurally sound building is not at all green. My suggestion was that they refurbish it to improve the insulation, as has been done on other buildings of a similar age. The big three 'Grey' Parties all agreed on this policy at the time. But now, in economically troubled times, people are looking to make savings. Particularly as its been revealed that plans and designs have already cost £3.7 million! I think its a good idea to change your mind when circumstances change, its a sign of intelligence. Of course its even better when you were right in the first place.And this is the 2006 letter
Submitted by Adrian Windisch on 28 September 2006 - 1:01pm RBC say we have no money for collecting bins weekly but were finding £54 million to spend on a new Civic Centre! Does anyone believe that at around 30 years old it needs replacing? Have they sought everal quotes from different companies to refurbish it? I would advise them to contact Integer who have experience of converting a tower block with similar problems into a sustainable building; improving insulation and shading windows to reduce heating and cooling. See integer . They should look at different schemes and estimate the carbon cost as well as the financial costs involved. If the decision is taken to build another one can we ensure it is designed to last for at least a hundred years, with passive solar heating, cooling and levels of insulation far above the minimum levels set by current building regulations. Is this about a sustainable future or building a monument to some rather large egos. Adrian WindischHe is once again Labour but the then 'Independant' Tony Jones then said no but the link is now broken.