Warwickshire County Council has begun a £24m measured term contract for minor works and planned maintenance, at the value of £6 million per year over four years. Work is planned to take place in the following categories: courts, civic centres, town halls, libraries, museums, art galleries, state primary schools and state secondary schools.
The 48-month project began in the first half of 2008 and is expected to be complete in the first half of 2012.
Projects that have already taken place include the refurbishment of Lillington library, which comprised the installation of two new state-of-the-art service machines that will give customers the opportunity to borrow, return and renew books themselves. In addition, both Market Hall and the Islington Town Hall Auditorium have been refurbished. At Market Hall, the maintenance scheme included internal refurbishment; the ground floor was opened up, whilst the stairs and landing areas were re-painted. The scheme also included the upgrading of partitions and heating and electrical systems to bring them up to modern standards.
In January 2010, a new two-storey extension at St Benedict’s RC High School was built, which has provided additional reception and staff accommodation, plus a new library and community facility. The design included natural ventilation via Monodraught roof terminals plus under floor heating via gas fired boilers. The building has achieved BREEAM Excellent and has incorporated automatically controlled natural ventilation systems, plus additional LZC technology such as a biomass boiler that uses wood pellets.
Planned work includes refurbishment to Lapworth CE Primary School on Station Lane, which comprises the complete replacement of windows and also structural repair in the form of structural wall correction works and associated reinstatement works. There will also be provision of FM Relocation and open plan office refurbishment to the second floor, and associated M&E works, including major repairs to roof lights.
At Warwick Park View Home for Elderly People on Priory Road, the replacement of floor and wall coverings and the hydro therapy room and alterations to the shower room will take place, whilst at The Dassett CE Primary School on Memorial Toad, there will be the replacement of the asbestos kitchen canopy and associated stone wall and roofing repairs, along with the complete replacement of units and flooring in the practical area. At the Southam Library& Information Centre on High Street, the complete replacement of the suspended ceiling and lighting will take place.
There are many other developments planned.
As a ‘tier 1’ council, Warwickshire County Council covers the area of five ‘tier 2’ district councils, including Warwick District Council. The main services provided by the county council include Education, Social Services, Libraries, Transport and Trading Standards. Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council work in partnership on many projects.