Appointment of consultants to look at potential future refurbishment and use of options for Oxford Town Hall and St Aldates Chambers.
Decision Maker: Executive Director (Development)
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To instruct an architect-led team to undertake a high level feasibility study to explore the potential of utilising Oxford Town Hall more intensively for Council business requirements, in order to rationalise use of the existing Council estate. The project will also identify options for the potential future refurbishment and use of St Aldates Chambers (SAC), which is the main OCC office and home to the customer service centre. This work will be used to inform the development of a business case for any change and a future Council investment decision.
The appointment of consultants to undertake a high level feasibility study to look at potential future refurbishment and use of options for Oxford Town Hall and St Aldates Chambers on the basis of the tendered sum plus contingency (10%), £37,750 (excluding VAT).
Reasons for the decision:
This work is necessary to evidence any future business case of investment and to realise future savings and efficiencies within the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan.
Alternative options considered:
The alternative option was not to appoint specialist advice. This was rejected as it could result in the Council not having the appropriate information necessary to make an informed investment decision towards achieving important financial savings and efficiencies. .
Signed off by senior officers:
Tom Bridgman, Director of Development in consultation with Cabinet Member for Finance & Asset Management.
Publication date: 30/07/2021
Date of decision: 20/07/2021