COUNCIL offices are in line for a £368,000 revamp ahead of the police moving in.
The refurbishment was signed off by Fareham Borough Council’s leader Sean Woodward at his latest executive meeting and will see work start to upgrade the Civic Offices in Fareham.
The revamp will include making the roof watertight, reorganising space for other potential tenants and putting in better cycle storage, toilet and shower facilities.
It is projected to cost a total of £368,000, funded partly by Hampshire Constabulary, with £266,000 being put in by the council.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘It’s good news that there is yet another public service coming in to the building and making savings across the estate.
‘We welcome all these organisations moving in to the building, to make sure that is occupied at all times.’
It is proposed that the neighbourhood policing teams will move in to the offices by February, following the closure of Fareham police station.
This follows the Integrated Offender Management and the Wessex Youth Offending Team which moved in to the tower in 2011, leading it to be dubbed Fareham’s ‘tower of power’.
Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, welcomed the news.
He said: ‘We’re pleased with the solution that has been designed for the council’s offices and thank partners there for their support in helping us develop this new space for our neighbourhood teams.
‘The cost associated with this work is reasonable and all of the costs involved in rationalising the estate have been covered through the sale of surplus or redundant building stock.’
Council officers believe that by completing the work and freeing up another two floors at the tower, around £180,000 a year could be made in revenue.
The Hampshire Constabulary contract will bring in more than £500,000 over its 10-year lease.