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Bristol City Council refurbishes City Hall in £16m project

City Hall Image copyright Bristol City Council
Image caption More than 2,000 people will now work out of City Hall

A multimillion-pound revamp of City Hall has been completed as part of Bristol City Council's efforts to cut costs.

The council has spent £16.7m updating the Grade II-listed building so it can accommodate more staff and make it cheaper to run.

As part of the plans, 38 council offices across the city will be sold.

Cabinet member Craig Cheney said: "We're delivering £50m of saving. That is a huge amount of money."

The council said running costs will be "significantly reduced by managing a smaller estate of buildings" and unused council offices will be sold to raise revenue.

Image copyright Bristol City Council
Image caption City Hall is now one of two city centre hubs which council staff will work out of

The majority of council staff will now be based at City Hall and its Temple Street site.

The exterior of City Hall, which was opened in 1956, has undergone some cosmetic works but has remained largely unaltered.

The council purchased its 100 Temple Street premises, near Bristol Temple Meads railway station, for £18m in March last year.

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