A multimillion plan to revamp the district council’s Civic Offices has been submitted.

The proposed internal and external refurbishments for the facility built in 1992 on High Street, Epping, is expected to cost around £6.6m.

Epping Forest District Council had previously intended to construct a brand-new building at North Weald Airfield for £8.5m, their latest planning application was sent on Thursday, November 21.

A Heritage Statement submitted to the district council for the planning application says: “The design and layout of some of the current accommodation is considered inflexible, restricting the ability of the organisation to respond to expansion / contraction in teams and deliver cultural change, whilst posing challenges for public access and customer contact.

“In order to meet the Council’s operational requirements in line with their future vision of the organisation, the Civic Offices need to be adapted.”

Documents also state that in addition to potentially installing PV off solar panels and open planned rooms, preservation of the building’s post-modernism architecture will remain intact.

They state: “The building is an influential building in the evolution of civic architecture and post-modernism and a significant part of the reason for designation as Grade II listed is the high degree of survival of the original plan form, fixtures and fittings.

To make use of under-utilised areas, a public cafe and a possible new library has also been proposed, should Epping Library on St John's Road close.

Other proposals include updated toilets, reception, Members Room, back of house office and the chairman’s offices.

A cultural change into the working environment has also been emphasised by removing the narrow corridors and office spaces which was described as “a silo mentality with an out-dated hierarchical structure”.

Employees will instead be offered to work in an open space where they choose which desk they would like to work alongside their colleagues.

instead may be offered to more flexible working environments, allowing employees to hot desk and choose their preferred working environment.

To view the full details of the planning application, visit: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/

Comments can made on the planning application EPF/2738/19 until, Friday, December 13.