Repurposing the Town Hall as a Co-Working Space

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The Council wants to partner with an organisation to create much-needed co-working space for start-ups and growing businesses in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. This will benefit the town, those making use of the building, and the Council.

A corridor in the Town Hall
  • Investment in the Town Hall to repair, maintain and preserve the listed building.
  • Shared running costs of the building for the length of the partnership.
  • Prime location for local businesses, creating jobs and bringing footfall to the town centre.

The Council is now seizing an opportunity to release up to two thirds of the space in the Town Hall for other businesses as its own space requirements reduce.

During the pandemic, most council staff worked almost exclusively from home.

Investment in technology and the continuing digitisation of services over the past few years meant the Council could continue to deliver the majority of its services remotely. New models of working have emerged – a move away from traditional office working and towards a combination of flexible working from home and in the office.

A corridor in the Town Hall

Co-working is an increasingly popular method of working. Co-working offers affordable space for those looking to escape the isolation of a home office or to meet face to face with remote teams.

Unlike traditional commercial office space, co-working focuses on creating a supportive business community whilst offering offices for those who wish to access more private space.

Tunbridge Wells has one of the largest start-up and small business communities in the country and therefore the Council considers this to be an ideal opportunity to support their needs whilst creating additional revenue from a building that is too big for the Council’s requirements.

An office in the Town Hall

The Cross-Party Working Group have focussed on producing a proposal for Full Council to consider an option that allows us to make the best use of the Town Hall as a facility.

This proposal will keep the Town Hall in the stewardship of the Council, generate an income stream and help the Town Centre.

Statement from members of the Cross Party Working Group, November 2021

"The future of the Town Hall is becoming clearer. As a cross-party working group with representation from all political parties on the Council, we have worked hard to find a way forward at a very uncertain time.

We want the Council to continue to occupy the Town Hall and put to good use the unneeded space by letting it out to a partner for co-working space. This will generate a revenue for the Council and reduce our costs whilst encouraging businesses to set up in the town centre.

Council Tax will not increase to pay for this scheme and the public should be reassured that the Council will remain in ownership of the Town Hall.
"

More information about this proposal is available in the FAQs section. If you have a question or comment, please submit it below by 31 December 2021.

The Q&A for this page is now closed.

The Council wants to partner with an organisation to create much-needed co-working space for start-ups and growing businesses in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. This will benefit the town, those making use of the building, and the Council.

A corridor in the Town Hall
  • Investment in the Town Hall to repair, maintain and preserve the listed building.
  • Shared running costs of the building for the length of the partnership.
  • Prime location for local businesses, creating jobs and bringing footfall to the town centre.

The Council is now seizing an opportunity to release up to two thirds of the space in the Town Hall for other businesses as its own space requirements reduce.

During the pandemic, most council staff worked almost exclusively from home.

Investment in technology and the continuing digitisation of services over the past few years meant the Council could continue to deliver the majority of its services remotely. New models of working have emerged – a move away from traditional office working and towards a combination of flexible working from home and in the office.

A corridor in the Town Hall

Co-working is an increasingly popular method of working. Co-working offers affordable space for those looking to escape the isolation of a home office or to meet face to face with remote teams.

Unlike traditional commercial office space, co-working focuses on creating a supportive business community whilst offering offices for those who wish to access more private space.

Tunbridge Wells has one of the largest start-up and small business communities in the country and therefore the Council considers this to be an ideal opportunity to support their needs whilst creating additional revenue from a building that is too big for the Council’s requirements.

An office in the Town Hall

The Cross-Party Working Group have focussed on producing a proposal for Full Council to consider an option that allows us to make the best use of the Town Hall as a facility.

This proposal will keep the Town Hall in the stewardship of the Council, generate an income stream and help the Town Centre.

Statement from members of the Cross Party Working Group, November 2021

"The future of the Town Hall is becoming clearer. As a cross-party working group with representation from all political parties on the Council, we have worked hard to find a way forward at a very uncertain time.

We want the Council to continue to occupy the Town Hall and put to good use the unneeded space by letting it out to a partner for co-working space. This will generate a revenue for the Council and reduce our costs whilst encouraging businesses to set up in the town centre.

Council Tax will not increase to pay for this scheme and the public should be reassured that the Council will remain in ownership of the Town Hall.
"

More information about this proposal is available in the FAQs section. If you have a question or comment, please submit it below by 31 December 2021.

The Q&A for this page is now closed.

Page last updated: 31 Dec 2021, 03:35 PM