Bexley Civic Centre

Breathing new life into Bexley

New council offices in Bexley Heath have unified employees under one roof and reduced running costs by over £1m a year.

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Bexley Civic Centre Project summary

Client

London Borough of Bexley

Project value

£25.6m

Services provided

Construction, Construction management

Sectors

Public buildings and estates

Locations

UK and Europe, UK - London and south-east England

Project timeline

Start date
March 2012
End date
April 2014
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Project story

A modern civic centre for Bexley Council has brought together 1,300 staff previously located across four different sites.

The new and efficient workspace is the result of major refurbishment and structural alteration works on a large, outdated building in Bexley Heath. An extension to the rear of the building was created to house a chamber, a member's area, public galleries and flexible meeting spaces.

Embracing modern methods of construction to boost quality and streamline delivery was key to our success.

Before managing the logistics of the move, we prefabricated service modules off site and installed them as completed sections - minimising time on site and significantly reducing the risks of working at height.

Taking it one stage further, we used pre-measured modular data cabling to improve quality, minimise waste and reduce installation time on site.

Project stats

11,000 sq m building refurbished
2,000 sq m extension built

Points of note

A grand opening

The new civic offices were officially opened by The Mayor of London in October 2014.

Community work

We teamed up with the children at Belmont Primary School to design and decorate hoardings for the project. As part of a competition, run by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the children painted artwork onto the hoardings. The competition brought together construction site teams and the local community, while educating children about safety around construction sites and leaving a positive legacy for the industry.