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Departmental Furniture

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many items of furniture (a) were purchased and (b) remained in use following the refurbishment of 102 Petty France. (252834)

Phase 1 of the London Accommodation Programme (LAP) rationalised a number of MOJ buildings:

Selborne House (1,209 staff)

Abbey Orchard Street (353 staff)1

Steel House (221 staff)

together with a further six London locations, affecting an additional 330 staff. This has resulted in 2,113 staff moving into the refurbished 102 Petty France.

1 Abbey Orchard Street was released fully furnished to Legal Services Commission

The original design capacity of the refurbished 102 Petty France was for 2,275 desks. Through the introduction of flexible workspace arrangements—moving

from a 1:1 to an 80 per cent. average desk allocation and utilising 1600mm workstations—by August 2009, 102 Petty France will be able to accommodate approximately 3,300 staff. This will enable MoJ to reduce further the number of buildings it occupies. The projected savings from this estate rationalisation are approximately £10 million per year.

An early review of existing furniture in the affected offices identified three broad categories:

suitable for re-use within 102 Petty France:

suitable for re-use within MoJ and other Government departments;

furniture at the end of life and/or requiring refurbishment.

Damaged or unsuitable furniture has been disposed of via Greenworks—a not-for-profit enterprise—who will refurbish and distribute to charities, schools or small businesses.

This “cascade” policy has resulted in a zero landfill outcome. The units are summarised in the following table:

Furniture group

Purchased

Re-used

Greenworks

Workstations

1,955

665

656

Task Chairs

1,955

925

720

Meeting rooms

732

328

360

Pedestals

0

334

308

Business Storage

1,200

481

327

Miscellaneous

522

147

199

Total

6,364

2,880

2,570