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Council completes purchase of Voreda House

Eden District Council has completed the purchase of Voreda House in Penrith from the NHS, a key part of its One Eden organisational transformation programme.

The Council is committed to improving the building and has commissioned experts, 2030 Architects, to create proposals for making the Voreda House a carbon neutral and welcoming environment to work and visit ahead of occupation in the summer of 2021.

The property offers the Council the opportunity to move into new accommodation on a single site supporting flexible and modern ways of working.

Eden District Council Leader, Cllr. Virginia Taylor, said: “I am delighted that at long last EDC’s ambition to have a single site has come to fruition - and with less expense, time delay, and disruption than a new build would have taken. The move to Voreda House presents an exciting opportunity to co-locate with partners – and this is not a pipe dream, but under discussion -  to create a new model of integrated public services for the area.

“It will provide greater value for money because the current buildings are extremely expensive to run, and it will enable us to get closer to our ambitious zero carbon goals.

“With local government reorganisation looking more likely than ever, this move to a fit-for-purpose building stands to protect both the locally-focussed provision of services to residents of Eden and the jobs providing them – along with all the benefits to shops and other businesses.”

The Council is confident that the future provision of services to residents of Eden will be better protected by moving to this integrated model rather than remaining in its current offices in the Town Hall and at Mansion House in Penrith.

Many related public services in Eden are geographically and functionally dispersed across Penrith and the wider area. Coming together under one roof will significantly improve the experience for many of the council’s shared customers by enabling them to deal with more complex and interrelated needs and circumstances at a single location, during a single visit.

The Council is being supported by the national One Public Estate Programme to turn this vision into reality and discussions are underway with a number of potential partners.