Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis MP will cut the ribbon on the front door to Portland House on Thursday June 13th at 11.00 am. The official visit marks the new Adur & Worthing’s community service hub’s completion.
The New Ways of Working (NWoW) project reduces major civic buildings from three to two and becomes paperless in the major refit of Worthing’s Portland House. Worthing Town Hall is just having some minor alterations as it is Grade II listed.
Once Worthing Town Hall is completed most staff will work in these two buildings greatly reducing running costs. Other community organisations be housed here too.
The third major building, the Adur Civic Centre in Shoreham, is being sold.
Worthing council leader, Paul Yallop, said: “This project was designed to save taxpayers over £200,000 each year. Our partnership working with Adur District Council has allowed us to absorb massive cuts in Government grant whilst maintaining the front line services needed by our residents.
I am really pleased this work has been promoted as best practice by Government ministers. I look forward to welcoming Brandon Lewis to Worthing”.
Strategic director and new ways of working project lead, Andrew Gardiner, said: “The decision to rationalise our office accommodation from three main buildings to two gave us the ideal opportunity to review the way we work and deliver services.
Using the latest technology available we will be seeking to improve services to our customers by working in an agile and flexible way with more staff working remotely and others working from home. These efficiencies will lead to significant savings which are desperately needed in these hard pressed financial times.”