Using Buildings Better

In October 2015, we announced a major programme to look at our buildings across the city and how we use them.

Further information

The Using Building Better programme has a very wide scope and will include the majority of our buildings which are used for service delivery, apart from schools. It is likely to affect all non-school staff at some point over the next few years. 

Aside from schools, our staff are based in more than 220 buildings across Leicester. We have 36 depots and workshops in a city of only 28 square miles.

In future, we intend to operate from fewer, better quality buildings to improve the way we work, cut carbon emissions and deliver effective, joined-up services to the public. Alongside the review of buildings, we will continue to improve customer access by offering more services online and in a range of other ways. 

How this will benefit you

The success of the TNS (Transforming Neighbourhood Services) programme in south and west Leicester shows that by reducing the number of buildings we use, we can not only save money but also support economic growth, and give customers better access to services and an improved experience all round. 

Like TNS, Using Buildings Better will be delivered via a positive process of engagement with staff, councillors, unions, communities and partners. 

To find out more, read the FAQs attached at the bottom of this page. 

Our case studies

There are also case studies showing the benefits of similar work completed under the TNS programme, which has been reviewing our neighbourhood buildings in some areas of the city since 2013. You can find these case studies attached at the bottom of this page.

Under TNS, initial public consultation on neighbourhood buildings took place in the north west between November and December 2014.

What we've done

A consultation on two additional buildings, Stocking Farm and New Parks youth centres, took place from 2 to 29 November 2015. A second stage consultation for the north west as a whole was held in spring. The final proposals were drawn up, after a public consultation which took place on 17 June 2016.

What's next?

We invited residents of the north east area to give their views on the way in which neighbourhood services are being delivered. We will consider all the feedback received during this consultation before taking a decision on final proposals.