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Published 09 January 2018

Councillors have given the thumbs up to Dumbarton’s newly-refurbished Municipal Buildings following a £1.4million overhaul.

Work to upgrade the historic, B-listed building in College Street started in 2016 and was carried out in three phases to allow the building to remain open throughout. As well as external improvements to the roof and the building’s exterior fabric being completed, new office space and meeting rooms were created and the Ceremony Room was given an upgrade. The Ceremony Room is now available for weddings and citizenship ceremonies.

The Municipal Buildings is home to around 80 Council staff, including elected members and the Legal and Audit teams. Licensing Enquiries have also moved to the Municipal Buildings, where the Registrars also remain.

The Municipal Buildings overhaul was part of the Council’s overall £19m project to move staff into modern, fit for purpose office space across the area and reduce the amount of buildings used by the Council. A new Dumbarton town centre office is due to open this year, with the current Garshake Road building to close.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration & Economic Development, said: “You only have to drive past the Municipal Buildings to see what a difference this work has made. We have received many comments from people who are delighted with how it looks and how it improves the look of the area. And the work carried out internally has also had a real impact. The Councillors and staff have a very welcoming environment in which to work and, more importantly, the members of the public who come here to carry out Council business or even to get married will be able to enjoy the improvements.”

The earlier upgrade work to the Council’s Bridge Street office, the improvements at the Municipal Buildings and the upcoming opening of the new Church Street office will see a total of more than 800 Council staff based in Dumbarton town centre, helping to regenerate the area.

Councillor Diane Docherty, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration & Economic Development, added: “With the recent opening of Aurora House in Clydebank and the new Clydebank town centre office, Council services are being delivered in a more efficient and welcoming way to the people of Clydebank. The completion of work at the Municipal Buildings is the next big step towards transforming Dumbarton town centre. Residents will be able to access all of the Council services they need at three buildings within easy reach of each other. And with elected members now based at the Municipal Buildings, Councillors are on hand for their constituents.”