Councillors in Ipswich will consider finding smaller, more efficient offices after a review found that less than half the space in the authority’s current building is in use.

Ipswich Borough Council’s executive meeting on Tuesday, March 19 will consider the council’s review of space at its six-floor Grafton House building in Russell Road.

The report noted that significant investment will be required into retrofit works to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and improve conditions for staff and other occupiers who use the building.

The review recommends a move to reduce operating costs and provide better space for staff and public. Also recommended is a move to a new central location with public transport links which will help boost the town centre economy by aiding footfall.

In addition, the report proposes alternative use of the Grafton House site, including redevelopment as a mixed-use residential scheme where affordable homes are provided.

Cllr Neil MacDonald, leader of the council, said: “I look forward to being able to have the council headquarters in the town centre, as part of our work towards ensuring we are a financially sustainable council.”

The council relocated from the Civic Centre into Grafton House in 2006 and acquired the freehold to the building in 2015.

It currently occupies the ground floor reception area and three floors, with two further floors leased to other occupiers.

The meeting agenda can be seen at​

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