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Guide Moving and Improving: all you need to know about the office relocation

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1. The decision

The decision to relocate was taken by council members on 25 March 2015

On February 11, 2019, the council moved out of its premises at Knowle, Sidmouth to purpose built offices in Honiton and to Exmouth Town Hall, which has also been refurbished.

Recommendations to progress this major project were approved at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday 26 April 2017. 

The council approved a report which recommended that relocation to Honiton would not be dependent on the immediate redevelopment of the offices at Knowle, which was owned by the local authority. 

Knowle’s sale has taken place and the capital receipt secured largely funded the relocation which cost £10,361,000 in total. 

The council has also invested in a more direct approach to the entrance to the new Honiton HQ by building an access road along the side of the existing East Devon Business Centre.  At a cost of £225,000 this has simplified the route from the main road to the council’s offices for visitors and staff alike.

The council worked with its contractors Interserve to complete works on the site.