Welwyn Hatfield Council Chamber Officially Opened

Following the recent completion of a £585k, 17 week long project by our Special Works team Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s first ever purpose built council chamber was last week officially opened.

The project, which began in January 2016 saw us transform the ground floor of a recently completed three storey extension, consisting only of brick walls and concrete ceiling and floors, into the new chamber. Works included the installation of suspended ceilings, tiered flooring and wooden acoustic wall panelling along with the creation of a mobile reception desk and link lobby to the main council offices.

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The chamber was also fitted out with bespoke furniture and state-of-the-art audio visual technology, including multiple viewing screens, a central control panel capable of controlling every microphone in the room and facilities to live stream meetings.

Now complete, the chamber can accommodate around 100 people and includes a large public viewing area, which is hoped will make council meetings far more accessible to the general public.

Borras Special Works Director Paul Pickering and Site Manager on the scheme Scott Byrne joined the Mayor, The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council and several Council Member’s for the unveiling.

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Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Cllr Lynne Sparks and Deputy Mayor Cllr Patricia Mabbott cutting the ribbon on the new council chamber

Councillor John Dean, Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council was also in attendance and commented: “The new chamber will improve access to council decision making for all communities. Featuring television screens, specialist sound equipment and more interactive technology, it is designed to be used for generations to come”.

Borras worked with consultants Robert Noble Associates, Anthony J Silver & Associates and RPS Planning and Development to deliver the scheme which was completed on time and to budget.

Find out more about the project here. 

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