Bury Public Services Village
Project name: Bury Public Services Village, West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds
M&E Order Value: £3.3m
The amalgamation of public service staff from two different councils under one roof. The public service village is a purpose-built public sector office based around a flexible open plan space.
The building includes meeting rooms, conference facilities and democratic space / council chambers resulting in a partnership between St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council. Its aim is to get staff from both councils working together in one place, thus improving cross-authority communication, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
The building utilises the latest building management techniques, natural ventilation and rainwater systems, which further minimise energy costs and achieve an overall carbon footprint reduction. Not only does this make for ecologically conscious working practices, but will free up a greater proportion of public funds to be spent on public services rather than administration.