Flintshire Council on the move
Flintshire County Council would like to remind residents that some departments have moved from County Hall in Mold to St David’s Park in Ewloe.
The departments which have moved to Tŷ Dewi Sant are:
- Planning, Environment and Economy,
- Education Services
- Social Services
If you have meetings or need to contact any of these departments, you will need to go to Ewloe.
Please note that all email addresses and telephone numbers remain the same.
Ty Dewi Sant has a visitor car park at the front of the building and is part of the St David’s Park development.
County Hall is an aging building which has served its purpose for many years. In the modern era it is an expensive building to maintain. The Council has explored all the options to make best use of its office estate in this challenging financial climate.
Two years ago 750 people were moved out of Phases 3 and 4 of County Hall and into Phases 1 and 2 at the front of the complex to make best use of the available space. Since then, the closing of Phases 3 and 4 has realised a current carbon reduction saving of 420 tonnes, and an office floor area reduction of 43%, with annual running costs reduced from £1.7m to £1.2m. Phases 3 and 4 of County Hall will be demolished in 2019.
The relocation of almost 400 employees from County Hall, Mold to the Council’s refurbished Ty Dewi Sant building in Ewloe (formerly Unity House when occupied by Unilever) is a key part of the Council’s ongoing office rationalisation programme. The programme began with the demolition and clearance of the Council offices in Connah’s Quay. The programme has also seen six depots being brought together into one central depot at Alltami, and the shared use of premises with other partners - including North Wales Police and Job Centre Plus - at our Connects Centres at locations in Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Flint and Holywell.
Ty Dewi Sant was put on the open market for sale shortly after our previous tenant, Unilever, vacated the premises to relocate to Port Sunlight. During this period limited interest was shown and the closure of the nearby HSBC offices on the same business park made it even more difficult to dispose of a large building in this location at a realistic price. As empty office space Ty Dewi Sant was costing £700k each year. Ty Dewi Sant is now fully occupied and running costs will be as low as £400k per year.
The total cost of remedial and preparatory works to the Council to accommodate 400+ employees at Ty Dewi Sant – at only £700k (once the contributions from Unilever for reinstatement have been taken into account) – represents good value.
This carefully planned move has brought the building back into good use and provides a modern, cost-effective base for our workforce.
The Council’s office rationalisation programme moves forward again later in the New Year with the demolition of Phases 3 and 4 of County Hall.