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Green revamp for historic council base
6:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
BICESTER Town Council will stay put in Garth House after rejecting a move to rent space in the town’s planned civic building for £45,000.
The decision puts an end to years of debate over what to do with the historic Launton Road mansion house.
The move comes as sustainability charity Bio Regional got a grant of £839,000 from the Department for Energy and Climate Change to make the property more energy-efficient.
The council’s offices will be a guinea pig to test innovative technology that could be used to better insulate historic buildings across the country.
Alex Towler, of Bio Regional, said: “The project has so far been proven on a domestic level, but it has not been used for non-residential buildings of this size nor have they done it for buildings of historical significance.”
The improvements are expected to halve the council’s £3,000 heating bill. Work must be completed by March to allow a year’s monitoring by Oxford Brookes University.