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Liverpool council installs top-of-the-range taps..

11 December 2014 | Category: Plumber & Plumbing News UK | Author: Administrator

Liverpool council installs top-of-the-range taps that sell for £3,500 in Cunard Building

 

Council bosses insists "prestige" plumbing is not a luxury

 

LIVERPOOL council is installing 10 top-of-the-range taps that retail for £3,500 each for its new offices in the Cunard Building.

The prestige plumbing is being installed in kitchens dotted around the building, which is costing the council more than £10m to buy and refurbish.

The council intends to rent out empty space in the building, which could potentially generate £800,000 a year.

The HydroTaps, which cost up to £3,550 each from the supplier, give out instant boiling and chilled water.

The council said the taps were not luxury items and were being installed to serve “a huge number of people, efficiently, cost effectively and safely.”

It is possible Liverpool council was given a discount for bulk buying the 10 taps. But a spokesman said he was not able to give a breakdown for the taps, as the costs were covered in the overall refurbishment of the building.

Opposition figures condemned the spending as outrageous.

The council is looking to save up to £156m in the next three years because of government cuts.

The taps – which have red and blue lights built in – pour “crystal-clear, great-tasting chilled filtered drinking water, always on tap”, according to advertisements, which brand them “the perfect appliance for prestige offices.”

Kitchens with them fitted make people “salivate with desire”, according to the firm, Zip Industries.

A council spokesman said: “The Cunard Building was bought to make savings from the sale of Millennium House and the vacation of the Capital building and to relocate more than 800 staff on the 4th and parts of the 5th and 6th floors.

“A full refurbishment was required and the full cost of the entire scheme is part of the council’s strategic accommodation strategy to reduce costs.

“The individual costs of items such as boiler/chiller units would simply not be identified within the wider specification of the overall refurbishment.

“These are not luxury items and are designed principally for commercial use and to service a huge number of people, efficiently, cost effectively and safely.”

But opposition Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Richard Kemp questioned why the council was spending money on such items when services were being slashed.

He added: “I think this is an outrageous abuse of taxpayers’ money.

“Whoever has authorised this spending should examine their consciences and even consider their position.

“This is the kind of thing a Russian oligarch would buy - they have appalling taste and spend massive amount of money indulging themselves. It’s not the kind of behaviour you expect of a public sector organisation.”

Last month the ECHO revealed that plans to turn the ground floor of the Cunard Building into a cruise liner terminal are not going to come to fruition.

Mayor Joe Anderson said the costs would have ranged between £5m and £60m, because of the need for security measures between the building and the terminal.

He said: “The [options] include basic covered walkways, to a mono rail for transporting passengers.

“We have, in addition to cost, to be mindful of the fact that we do not want to do anything that impacts on the World Heritage site the building is on.

“In light of these findings it is clear we will not be able to progress with this plan.”

 

Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-council-installs-top-of-the-range-taps-8118892