New Birmingham City Council Offices at Woodcock Street
The council’s new office development at Woodcock Street, in Aston, represents our largest single investment in a new staff workplace for over 100 years.
Situated next to Birmingham Science Park Aston, construction works began in August 2009 and staff started moving into the building from autumn 2011.
The contract was undertaken by Midlands based contractor Thomas Vale Construction as part of the council’s construction framework contract, the Birmingham Construction Partnership. The buildings design incorporates a number of advanced environmental features and is designed to be rated as ‘Excellent’ according to the British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM - 2006).
Featuring seven sustainability features ranging from Combined Heating and Power (CHP) through to rainwater harvesting, the Woodcock Street development is the most environmentally friendly council building ever commissioned. The brown roofs provide an ideal habitat for local wildlife including the Black Redstart.
The building formed part of the council’s business transformation programme and the ‘Working for the Future’ (WFTF) programme. WFTF specifically reviewed how the council used its property resource and helped council employees to work in new, more efficient ways so that they can deliver better and more effective services to the people of Birmingham.
The Woodcock Street office development accommodates in the region of 2,200 fixed desks, and areas for non-fixed desks (or ‘touchdown’ areas) enabling around 3,000 staff to use the building.
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