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Departmental Buildings

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 527-28W, on departmental buildings, what the cost of the refurbishment was. (233877)

The cost of the refurbishment at Kingsgate house, undertaken by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, was £5.1 million. This provided a cost-effective working environment, with flexible desking on the basis of eight desks for every 10 people, movement-activated lighting to reduce power consumption and video conferencing facilities to reduce travel costs.