Council to redevelop head office site
Wed 28 October 2015, 5:01 pm
Ealing Council is to redevelop its head office in Ealing Broadway to make way for new homes and is set to begin the process of appointing a development partner.
The plans would see 360 properties built on the council’s current Perceval House headquarters at 14–16 Uxbridge Road – a number of these would potentially be retained by the local authority for affordable housing. The development of the site may also include some commercial and retail space, as well as an improved customer service centre and library.
The council is currently determining how much office space it will require in moving from its current base. The proposals will take into account the expected reduction in the council's workforce as a result of budget cuts, as well as the move towards more flexible working arrangements. Both mean that less office space will be required in future and the council will not need such a large building.
The preferred option is to build the replacement offices behind Perceval House on the current car park, so that operations can transfer to the new location before the old block is demolished.
Alternatively, the council could move to a different site, either permanently or temporarily, while the building work takes place, but this would be in the immediate vicinity of Ealing Broadway.
The council expects to select a developer to enter into a joint venture next year. Subject to planning permission, the first phase of work could begin in 2018, with its new offices delivered five years from now.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “We’re sitting on top of a potentially very valuable site and when you consider the tough times we’re in financially, and the desperate need to provide more affordable homes, it makes perfect sense for us to release the site’s value.
“Perceval House is now more than 30 years old and many of its electrical and mechanical services will need to be replaced in the near future, requiring major investment. By redeveloping the site we can provide much needed homes, a greatly improved customer service centre and co-located library, as well as smaller replacement offices that are cheaper to run and cater for modern working practices.”