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Masters House could receive £1.3 million refurbishment

Published Wednesday 10 March, 2021
Last updated on Wednesday 10 March, 2021

Masters House in Sheerness could receive a £1.3 million upgrade if Swale Borough Council’s low carbon refurbishment proposals are agreed at next week’s cabinet meeting.

Councillors will review the plans to create a social, community and business hub for Sheerness at the upcoming cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 17 March.

If agreed, the ambitious refurbishment will be ready for local organisations and businesses by the autumn.

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“We plan to commit £1.3 million from our capital funds budget to refurbish Masters House in Sheerness.

“We successfully applied for a grant of more than £300,000 from the governments Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme earlier this year which requires us to complete the work in a short time scale – starting by 31 March and finishing by 30 September.

“We’ll be seeking cabinet approval to allocate the capital funds needed to carry out the work, as well as requesting to waive the usual approval process needed to award a contract for this amount so that we can meet these tight deadlines.

“If the plans are agreed, we’ll be turning the building that was previously used as Swale council’s district office into a social, community and business hub for Sheerness.

“The proposals outline how we’ll upgrade the space to include three workshops, nine office suites, 3 meeting/conference spaces including the large function hall, a kitchen and breakout space.

“We recognise that Sheerness needs this investment, and it’s important that we make the best use of our own buildings to lead the way.

“Historically, there has been very little investment in this building and it’s up to us to stop the decline.

“We believe these changes can support local businesses and the community, while meeting our climate commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 2025.”

The plans and full report can be found here.