Council House redevelopment

Posted: 21/11/2012

Council House

The Council House has now reopened to the public. For more information about what services are available and details about the facilities available in the building visit our FAQ page.

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Why we have redeveloped the Council House

The Council House is one of the main buildings we operate from. It had seen a lack of investment over the last few decades and did not provide for a positive customer service experience or adequate disabled access. It also allowed for only 500 employees to operate from it, whilst we had to use over 10 other buildings across the city.

The decision was made in 2010 by the then administration of the Council, to refurbish and extend the Council House. We regard the Council House as a community asset, a building that has served the city for over 50 years, with another 70 years planned once the refurbishment and extension is complete.

The building is now fully open to the public, community groups, voluntary groups and other public sector agencies. The number of staff now being employed within the building is over 1900 compared to 500 previously and the customer facilities have greatly improved.

The Council House will be a building to be proud of, a community asset for all to share – the people's 'Council House'.

Find out more with our Frequently asked questions.

Redevelopment work

View the redevelopment of the building work at the bottom of this page. You can also watch some short films on our YouTube page which capture the redevelopment work in action...

Council House flythrough

This film, produced by architects Corstorphine and Wright and project managers Mace, shows what the interior of the Council House looks like.

Starting on the ground floor in the customer service area, we then go up to the first floor to see the break-out space and quiet working area outside the Council Chamber. We then move into an open-plan office, where the tea-point and printing area are also visible. Next, we move across the open-plan space and into the Chief Officers' and Cabinet Members' offices. Finally, we go inside the Council Chamber.

For more information, email onecouncil@derby.gov.uk.

Council House Flythrough

Media

  1. Atrium and Office Space (2) - November 2012
  2. Atrium and Office Space - November 2012
  3. Office desks - November 2012
  4. Council Chamber
  5. Internal office space with light reflection
  6. View of the cafe veranda
  7. Walkway around the Council Chamber
  8. Customer area space
  9. Customer meeting room
  10. First floor into the Council Chamber
  11. Second floor office space
  12. Walkway around the Council Chamber
  13. Council Chamber public gallery
  14. Mayoral reception room
  15. Public gallery space
  16. Office space window
  17. Staff area tea point and break out area
  18. Staff entrance - October 2012
  19. August 2012 - front of the Council House
  20. August 2012 - Council House entrance
  21. August 2012 - ground floor customer area
  22. August 2012 - ground floor customer centre
  23. August 2012 - ground floor customer entrance
  24. August 2012 - all floors of the Council House
  25. August 2012 - looking up at the Council Chamber
  26. August 2012 - Derwent Street footpath
  27. August 2012 - Council Chambers and office space
  28. August 2012 - Council Chambers' ceiling
  29. August 2012 - public gallery space
  30. August 2012 - second floor office space
  31. Mayoral Reception
  32. The veranda's frame
  33. The rooftop of the Council House
  34. Inside the renovated Council House
  35. Aerial photo of the developing Council House - end of May 2012
  36. Aerial photo of the developing Council House - end of May 2012
  37. Staff office space, May 2012
  38. Top chamber - May 2012
  39. Staff entrance May 2012
  40. The Council Chamber, 19th May 2012
  41. The tower crane is removed - 19th May 2012
  42. The tower crane is removed - 19th May 2012
  43. The tower crane is removed - 19th May 2012
  44. Glazed atrium, third floor
  45. Glazed atrium from above
  46. Customer service are and Council Chamber
  47. Walkway to the new Council Chamber (March 2012)
  48. Atria bringing natural light into office area (March 2012)
  49. Third floor office windows (March 2012)
  50. Circular roof light for the customer area (March 2012)
  51. New public viewing gallery above the Council Chamber (March 2012)
  52. Circular roof above the new council chamber and viewing gallery (March 2012)
  53. The Leader of the Council being interviewed inside the Council House
  54. The roof decking and central Council Chamber take shape (February 2012)
  55. The steel frame for the new third floor is erected (February 2012)
  56. The pre-cast concrete floors are installed between the steel frame (Feb 2012)
  57. A view of the tower crane sitting next to the Council Chamber (January 2012)
  58. A view of the central Council Chamber taken from the ground floor (January 2012)
  59. Existing slates being removed and replaced (January 2012)
  60. Initial stages of roof decking (January 2012)
  61. Laying floor decks to the Council Chamber area (January 2012)
  62. Aerial image showing the civic entrance (January 2012)
  63. Aerial image showing the eastern side of the building (January 2012)
  64. Aerial image showing southern side of the building and courtyard (January 2012)
  65. The steel frame of the new circular Council Chamber (December 2011)
  66. BAM Construction erects steelwork across the inner courtyard (December 2011)
  67. The steel frame of the new circular Council Chamber (December 2011)
  68. The steel frame of the Council Chamber takes shape (November 2011)
  69. Steelwork stretching across the inner courtyard (December 2011)
  70. The new steel frame starts to go up (November 2011)
  71. Rafters on the open plan second floor now exposed and preserved (November 2011)
  72. BAM Construction’s crane in place (November 2011)
  73. New open plan office space (September 2011)
  74. New open plan office space (September 2011)
  75. Demolition work by DSM Demolition (August 2011)
  76. Demolition work by DSM Demolition (August 2011)
  77. Second floor with internal walls demolished (August 2011)
  78. Demolition work by DSM Demolition (August 2011)
  79. DSM Demolition remove the 1960s ‘link bridge’ across the courtyard (May 2011)
  80. Inner courtyard – demolition work begins (May 2011)
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    Atrium and Office Space (2) - November 2012

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    Atrium and Office Space - November 2012

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    Office desks - November 2012

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    Looking up at the Council Chamber - October 2012

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    Reflections from the light and Council Chamber onto the internal office space windows - October 2012

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    View of the cafe's veranda from out of the Council House's window - October 2012

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    The new walkway around the Council Chamber at the Council House - October 2012

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    The customer area in the public space of the Council House - October 2012

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    Customer meeting room in the public area of the Council House - October 2012

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    The first floor into the Council Chamber - October 2012

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    The office space on the second floor of the Council House - October 2012

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    The new walkway around the Council Chamber at the Council House - October 2012

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    The Council Chamber's public gallery - October 2012

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    The Mayoral reception room at the Council House - October 2012

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    The public gallery space in the Council House - October 2012

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    The view out the window of an office on the second floor - October 2012

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    A tea point and break out area in the staff section of the Council House - October 2012

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    The staff entrance of the Council House off Derwent Street - October 2012

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    View of the front of the Council House, including the new glass customer entrance taken on 30th August 2012

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    The glass customer entrance of the Council House taken on 30th August 2012

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    The customer area on the ground floor of the Council House taken on 30th August 2012

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    The customer centre on the ground floor of the Council House taken on 30th August 2012

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    Looking out of the customer entrance from inside the ground floor of the Council House taken on 30th August 2012

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    Looking up at all floors of the Council House from the ground floor, taken on 30th August 2012

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    Looking up at the Council Chamber from the ground floor, taken on 30th August 2012

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    The renovated Derwent Street footpath, taken on 30th August 2012

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    Council Chambers and office space, taken on 30th August 2012

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    The ceiling of the Council Chambers, taken on 30th August 2012

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    Natural light coming into the public gallery space, taken on 30th August 2012

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    Office space on the second floor of the Council House, taken on 30th August 2012

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    The renovated Mayoral Reception

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    The framework of the new veranda

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    The rooftop of the Council House

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    The floor has now been set inside the Council House

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    Aerial photo of the developing Council House - end of May 2012

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    Aerial photo of the developing Council House - end of May 2012

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    Staff office space, May 2012

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    Top chamber - May 2012

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    Staff entrance - May 2012

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    The Council Chamber, 19th May 2012

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    The tower crane is removed from the new Council House - 19th May 2012

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    The tower crane is removed from the new Council House - 19th May 2012

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    The tower crane is removed from the new Council House - 19th May 2012

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    The glazed atrium and the new third floor - April 2012

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    The glazed atrium from above - April 2012

  46. Some image

    The new customer service area and Council Chamber - April 2012

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    The walkway to the new Council Chamber beneath the circular roof light.

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    One of the atria that will allow natural light into the office area (March 2012)

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    Windows looking into the new third floor offices (March 2012)

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    Circular roof light which will allow natural light in to the customer area (March 2012)

  51. Some image

    The new public viewing gallery above the Council Chamber (March 2012)

  52. Some image

    The circular roof above the new Council Chamber and viewing gallery (March 2012)

  53. Some image

    The Leader of the Council being interviewed inside the Council House (February 2012)

  54. Some image

    The roof decking and central Council Chamber take shape (February 2012)

  55. Some image

    The steel frame for the new third floor is erected (February 2012)

  56. Some image

    The pre-cast concrete floors are installed between the steel frame (February 2012)

  57. Some image

    A view of the tower crane sitting next to the Council Chamber (January 2012)

  58. Some image

    A view of the central Council Chamber taken from the ground floor (January 2012)

  59. Some image

    Existing slates being removed and replaced on top of new felt and battens (January 2012)

  60. Some image

    Initial stages of roof decking (January 2012)

  61. Some image

    Laying floor decks to the Council Chamber area (January 2012)

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    Aerial image showing the civic entrance and the steelwork across the central courtyard (January 2012). Courtesy of BAM Construction

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    Aerial image showing the eastern side of the building and the steelwork across the central courtyard (January 2012). Courtesy of BAM Construction

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    Aerial image showing the southern side of the building and central courtyard (January 2012). Courtesy of BAM Construction

  65. Some image

    The steel frame of the new circular Council Chamber (December 2011)

  66. Some image

    BAM Construction erects steelwork across the inner courtyard (December 2011)

  67. Some image

    The steel frame of the new circular Council Chamber (December 2011)

  68. Some image

    The steel frame of the Council Chamber takes shape (November 2011)

  69. Some image

    Steelwork stretching across the inner courtyard (December 2011)

  70. Some image

    The new steel frame starts to go up (November 2011)

  71. Some image

    Rafters on the open plan second floor now exposed and preserved (November 2011)

  72. Some image

    BAM Construction’s crane in place (November 2011)

  73. Some image

    New open plan office space (September 2011)

  74. Some image

    New open plan office space (September 2011)

  75. Some image

    Demolition work by DSM Demolition (August 2011)

  76. Some image

    Demolition work by DSM Demolition (August 2011)

  77. Some image

    Second floor with internal walls demolished (August 2011)

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    Demolition work by DSM Demolition (August 2011)

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    DSM Demolition remove the 1960s ‘link bridge’ across the courtyard (May 2011)

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    Inner courtyard – demolition work begins (May 2011)

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