Council looks to cut office costs

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sheffield City Council could mover more staff to Moorfoot as part of a major review of its office accommodation in the city.

sheffield City Council could mover more staff to Moorfoot as part of a major review of its office accommodation in the city.

The present use of offices is not seen to be sustainable in terms of cost, use of space or on environmental grounds.

A report is to be considered by the City Council Cabinet next week to consider the options available to make significant improvements.

One proposal is to make greater use of the former Government offices at Moorfoot as a core office building. This will allow the council to make effective use of what is otherwise redundant space, and bring together more people in one location to support further cross-council working.

The council owns the property and, with no ties to a lease or contract on the building, it will also offer greater flexibility for the future.

This means the city would not need to miss out on an opportunity to regenerate the site, if it does arise, as there would still be an option to relocate to alternative space. It is proposed to make significant reductions to the number of buildings occupied by council staff across the city. This will in turn help in making considerable savings through reduced rental and leasing costs.

The proposal would result in around 2,600 staff being located at Moorfoot and could potentially increase retail activity at the bottom of The Moor.