New West Dorset Distric Council offices leaner and greener
By NewsPipe | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 18:18
West Dorset District Council (WDDC) has moved to its new offices in South Walks Road. WDDC is keen to highlight the benefits of the move to the new building which has divided public opinion since its inception.
WDDC's new offices at South Walks
The smaller offices are cheaper to run and more energy efficient. It has eco-friendly features such as photovoltaic cells, high insulation levels and ventilation that uses natural air to cool the building (we're assuming that isn't just a fancy way of saying 'It has windows'). In any case, the building will reduce CO2 emissions by 327,000Kg per year which apparently the equivalent of planting 15,000 trees.
Councillor Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "The new offices will save us £200,000 a year and will go on saving us money each year and every year. Importantly, we can also now offer a better service to the people of West Dorset as we now have a building fit to do business in. I am very pleased that for the first time ever, people in wheelchairs can access the whole building."
For customers, the new building offers:
- Service points with computer access and online information
- Comfortable and spacious reception and waiting areas/interview rooms
- A concentration of services in one area - the old site at Stratton House had multiple points of entry
- Better access - the new building has disabled access throughout
If you haven't had a look at the building yet, check out our gallery here.