§ Dr. Reginald Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the costs of design, construction and maintenance of the garden that is being built as part of the new buildings at Titchfield; and why a garden is thought necessary for the work when the premises are in more or less rural surroundings.
This new building has been designed in the form of a square with an internal courtyard because this is the most economic way of developing the restricted site. The internal courtyard—on top of storage accommodation —provides a limited outlook and is therefore being paved and planted at an estimated cost of £23,500 out of a total cost of some £2.3 million. The design costs for this work are approximately £1,500. Maintenance is estimated to cost £1,000 per annum for the first four years and £100 per annum thereafter.