New offices for StreetScene at Manstone

Energy efficient office on the Manstone depot site at Sidmouth was constructed by council’s own team of technicians

A new single story timber clad building has been constructed at East Devon District Council’s Manstone depot site by the council’s very own Property Services Maintenance and Building Technicians, which not only saves money but also shows the excellent level of skills that exist within East Devon’s workforce.

The new fit for purpose building will provide around 100 square metres of office space for the StreetScene team, who will take possession of their new ‘home’ early in the New Year, when they leave their current location in the grounds of Knowle. Congratulations must go to Steve Parker of the Property Services team along with Simon Allchurch of the Relocation Team who designed the building, which has been awarded an ‘A’ rating for energy efficiency.

Congratulations and a big thank you also to the Maintenance Technician's themselves for embracing this project, which was a little different from their main day-job and for the quality of the workmanship shown.

Andrew Hancock, the service lead for StreetScene, said:

Our local StreetScene team are excited to be moving to Manstone Depot where our operations service for the East of the District is based. Moving our officer team to the same location will make it easier for us to ensure the service is being run as efficiently as possible and to the highest standards of health & safety. Our StreetScene team have been involved in the design process from the start, and are looking forward to the move now. They’ve designed an outside seating area with planting and a colourful mural for the inside wall to give them some ownership of the new building and make it a pleasant environment to work in.

Tim Child, Senior Manager, Property & Estates, Regeneration, said:

“This is a great example of where the Property Services Team has worked with others across the council to design and construct new offices. By retaining this work in-house, we were able to deliver this new building on-time, on-budget and in a flexible manner, utilising existing and developing new skills within the Council.  Colleagues will now have a modern, energy efficient and fit-for-purpose premises”.