EDDC new HQ – did anyone do ANY research?

The so-called Council Chamber is a disaster:

Now “hot desking” – also a feature of the HQ – is rubbished:

Or mYbe both were hard-headed decisions to make councillors, public and staff more uncomfortable!

2 thoughts on “EDDC new HQ – did anyone do ANY research?

  1. Hello there Owl: Great post: the picture tells it all.

    Here’s a bit of research… . From 2013:

    http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/knowle-relocation-project-open-plan.html

    Of course, if hot-desking is all about reducing the amount of actual office space needed, as suggested at the time: “The 1973 offices plus the upper floor of the Chamber building could comfortably house all EDDC’s office staff, with “hot desking” and home-working allowing part-timers and transient office users to be housed economically.”

    http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/a-truly-green-alternative-to-eddcs.html http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.com/2013/10/knowle-relocation-project-hot-desking.html

    From 2014:
    http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.com/2014/09/knowle-relocation-project-hot-desking.html
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/hot_desking#incoming-539459

    From 2018: “Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They‒re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated, and insecure.”

    http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.com/2018/07/knowle-relocation-project-open-plan.html

    And you will remember BBC Head of Values Ian Fletcher negotiating the tricky terrain of the office hot desks in the series W1A:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zgjmtfr#zq6j2hv

    So, yes, the whole ‘modern way of working’ shebang has been shown as a complete and utter and very expensive sham. Rather, as suggested, the reason to leave Sidmouth for an industrial estate on the outskirts of a town badly served by public transport has been to keep the hoi poloi at a safe arm’s length:

    http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.com/2014/03/who-will-rid-me-of-this-turbulent.html .

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    • Oh Owl, you elegant fowl (according to some sources at any rate), the biggest lack o f accuracy was to pretend, having found out at only the last possible moment, that the disposal of the Knowle was forbidden under EU regulation in the way proposed by the executive, it was stated that two centres would be more efficient than one. It is not clear which academic reference was used to sustain this assertion, but it most certainly Adam Smith. There never was, as far as I am aware, a proven model that a split across two centres is more efficient than a single central point of administration. Certainly none was quoted as a reference at the time.

      Most reasonable people would have come to the conclusion that some caucus had determined to cause as much financial damage to Sidmouth as possible and appointed officers whose sole purpose was to find ways of moving EDDC HQ to Honiton even if the financial results would be appalling (going from a saving to breaking even, to requiring long term borrowing against a harsh environment).

      Small wonder that the electorate has seen fit to dismiss most of the elected officers for failing to perform financially or politically. Would there be pressure to give electors the ability to dismiss unelected officers if elected officers are incapable of doing the job?

      Yours aye

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