KIRKLEES councillors have given the go ahead to spend £10,000 on repairing lagging on an eye-catching Huddersfield building.
Councillors this afternoon decided to spend the sum repairing the lagging of the ultra-modern Media Centre building on the ring road, which had become damaged by birds and the weather.
If the money for the work, which will be carried out by DPL of Leeds and cost £8529 + VAT, was not approved it could have meant the building ran less efficiently and increased energy use and costs.
The building was opened just five years ago. The new works by DPL have a guarantee of 10 years.
Speaking after the vote at the Cabinet meeting, member for place Cllr Peter McBride said in terms of overall budgets, and for the difference the work will make, the work was worthwhile.
He added: "The Media Centre has the potential to really make a difference to the digital and creative economy here.
“It is one of the most innovative clusters of creative, digital and media businesses in the country, with a track record of tenant success.
“At the time it was built, the leading edge design of the building reflected its purpose, and we now need to do this lagging work to protect the insulation, cooling and heating system in the building.
“If we don’t do the work, the impact on energy costs will be much greater than the costs we are talking about.
"There is already a thriving community of businesses which use the building, and anything we can do that will help increase occupancy rates by providing the best environment possible for business to grow is good for the centre and good for the local economy.”