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... highlights how local authorities could do much more to reduce their carbon emissions.
Here are some pertinent questions on the relocation project from a correspondent:
The District Council claim the Skypark building will be 'more energy-efficient' - but what are the carbon consequences of the move?
> Retrofitting the 1980 blocks at Knowle would produce the least carbon.
> Relocating means demolition and building anew at the Knowle. (ie: significantly more embodied CO2)
> The sale of the Business Centre to Asda will lead to a massive increase in carbon.
> The Skypark HQ will increase traffic mileage - on top of the building construction and usage.
> The overall result is a greenwash - with a huge increase in CO2 emissions.
To what extent is relocation from Knowle 'predetermined'?
And to what extent is the District Council retrospectively trying to massage the figures to justify the move?
Is the District Council attempting to break ground prior to the next election - without a mandate?
Why is the District Council only just currently reviewing the delivery of their service while seeking further returns from their assets to underwrite the new HQ?
Is this a case of putting the cart before the horse?
Why move, as relocation makes no financial or environment sense
- and is unpopular with District Council staff and the East Devon community?
To illustrate these points, here is a reposting of parts of the cost analysis from Robin Fuller
- using Davis Langon's (now AECOM’s) own figures:
Since EDDC have seemingly failed to estimate the cost of refurbishing the modern offices, I have done so using data published by Davis Langdon, EDDC’s own consultants on ‘moving and improving’. They assess typical benefits and costs of office refurbishment: (http://www.davislangdon.com/upload/30297_Cost%20Model%20-%20Office%20Refurb_v2.pdf).
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