Depot to get a makeover to improve facilities

The Council’s main depot at Prince Rock is to get a makeover as part of a project to improve facilities for staff, customers and partners.

A delegated decision has been signed by Council leader Ian Bowyer giving the go-ahead for the project to modernise offices and work space for staff at the site, update customer access and reception facilities.

The depot is home to the Council’s waste and recycling crews, street cleansing teams, highways teams as well as the garage, which manages all the Council’s vehicles, including trucks, mechanical sweepers and mini vans.

Plymouth Community Homes also has its windows manufacturing site and sign shop within the depot.

Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “This makes sounds financial sense. Not only are we investing in our staff by providing them with better facilities, we are laying the ground work for improved working arrangements with our new highways contractor.

“We are also making sure our assets – in this case the depot and the garages within it – offer the best value for money for the Council and the Council tax payer.”

The work will involve refurbishing the garage roof and creating a better customer reception area as part of the Council’s push to be more commercial. The garage, for instance, currently offers MOTs to the public and can take on work for other organisations, but customer reception facilities are lacking.

The refurbishment would also generate a lease income of £37,000 a year.

Offices will be completely redesigned and modernised so that the staff can enjoy better welfare facilities. The improvements mean the Council will save £54,000 a year renting temporary buildings and staff can work more closely with the new highways contractors.

Creating modern hot desk facilities will also allow other staff to use the depot as a base in the east of the city.

The capital works will cost £749,252 and will be paid for through low interest borrowing with the cost funded by savings to the service.

This proposal is part of the Council’s transformation project which looks at how services can be modernised, made more efficient and provide more value for money for the Council and the Council tax payer.

The work is expected to start in the next few weeks. This decision has been made under delegated authority and is subject to call in by scrutiny.