Council’s big bill for new windows

Pane plan: Ageing windows at the council offices in Leyland need to be replaced

Pane plan: Ageing windows at the council offices in Leyland need to be replaced

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Council bosses will have to fork out around £500,000 to replace windows and doors at its ageing headquarters.

The Civic Centre in Leyland was built in 1975 and most of its external doors and windows date back to then.

South Ribble Council chiefs say the 700 single-glazed panes are not energy efficient and it is difficult to repair faulty windows as parts are no longer available.

They have asked senior councillors to agree to free up to £550,000 from capital funds to allow a mass refit to take place over 20 weeks, starting in the summer.

Coun Stephen Robinson, cabinet member for finance, said: “We’ve been putting money aside for the past six years to replace external windows and doors at the Civic Centre, and this work is badly needed and long overdue.

“It makes excellent sense to replace them with modern, double-glazed units which are much more energy efficient and will help to save money on our fuel bills. We had expected the work to cost around £870,000 but, because the market is very competitive at the moment, tenders have been considerably lower.”

- For more on this story, see next week’s Leyland Guardian.