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Future Office Accommodation Strategy

Meeting: 10/10/2022 - Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee (Item 47)

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Appendix C to the report contains exempt information during which the public is likely to be excluded from the meeting subject to determination by the Scrutiny Committee following consideration of a public interest test.  This exclusion would be made under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

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Matter for Decision



A review has been carried out by the Council into its future needs for, and optimum use of its assets for civic and administrative purposes. This is to ensure that provision is efficient, effective and beneficial to customers, staff and Members. Executive Councillors have reviewed the options and have identified their preferred mix of options for further progress and development of a business case.


Decisions of the Executive Councillor for Finance, Resources and Transformation


·      Noted the report and the options set out in 3.29 of the report

·      Approved the proposal to take forward more detailed investigation on two options:

      i.         To retain the Guildhall as the main office and civic space for the Council, dependent upon the potential to ensure it is fit for purpose for future use and the cost of achieving this.

    ii.         To investigate as a comparator the potential for an alternative office and civic space which meets the Council’s needs in or around a central location.

·      Requested that a further report and recommendations be brought back to Committee at a later date for a final decision on the long-term office accommodation strategy aligned with the Our Cambridge business transformation outcomes.



Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.


Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.


Scrutiny Considerations


Members made the following points:

The majority who spoke supported the view that the Guildhall on the Market Square was a focus for the people of Cambridge, with the recent Proclamation of the King a real indication of that.  Members commented that they were stewards of the building for future generations.

If the Guildhall were to remain the main accommodation the interior should be made more functional and the conservation interest should be robustly challenged

One member opposed the premise that disposal of the Guildhall appeared off the table.


The Executive Councillor for Finance, Resources and Transformation responded:

It was difficult to quantify civic value and explain that to residents, any final decision would need to be explained well.

In response to the public question, a recent example to look at is how Camden is revitalising its Town Hall.

It will be important to have the appropriate technology for future accommodation needs.

There is interest in the better use of the Large and Small Halls and the outcome of the Allia lease of the Ground Floor and look at the use of the Roof as well.


The scrutiny committee approved the recommendations by 7-1


The Executive Councillor approved the recommendations.