£12m Office Refurbishment Cornwall Council in Planning

Cornwall Council is planning to spend nearly £12m refurbishing its offices in Camborne, Truro and Bodmin. In a massive Office Refurbishment Cornwall.

The cabinet also wants to cut the number of sites from 78 to 30, with its 27 district offices remaining.

It follows the abolition of Cornwall’s old district councils and the creation of the new unitary authority last year.

Much of the money will come from the sale of the old councils’ real estate, with the rest coming from savings in maintenance and rental of buildings.

The three main offices to be refurbished are at Dolcoath Avenue in Camborne, a completely new building in Bodmin, and County Hall in Truro. Kinnarps is the incumbent office furniture supplier – having won the contract for the council. Business Interiors is currently working with Kinnarps on a numbers of west country projects.

The number of staff based at Camborne would also increase from 320 to 600. A report to the council’s cabinet on Wednesday envisages an increase in staff based at County Hall from the current 680 to 1,050.

Stuart Roden, of the union Unison, told BBC News: “We always knew that there would be a reduction in council offices.

“Some are well past their sell-by date so if services are improved then we support it.”