The final stage of construction of Staffordshire County Council’s new headquarters has been completed.
The keys to the Staffordshire Place development have been handed over to the council as it prepares to move from 17 buildings across Stafford into the new purpose-built site.
It is hoped the new headquarters will save taxpayers at least £250,000 per year over the next 40 years.
The final stage of fixtures and fittings are expected to be installed over the next few weeks so that the first members of staff can start to move in to the buildings in the middle of October, with the transition completed by the start of 2012.
“We have now reached one of the most important milestones in the Staffordshire Place development,” said County Councillor Mark Winnington. “People have been watching the buildings take shape with a keen interest and it is very exciting to see them now that they are complete.
“The headquarters will bring together employees from across Stafford and symbolises our one council approach to serving the people of this county. The new base will bring far more efficient working practices to the county council that will help us meet the challenges ahead. By being located in the heart of Stafford, services will be more accessible to residents.
“Staffordshire Place is also good for the economy. It will bring a significant number of new consumers to the town centre. This is a very exciting time for the county council, residents and businesses.”