Colleagues and I gathered with representatives from developer Stoford and building contractor VolkerFitzpatrick on the site of the development in Stafford town centre to see the official start of the building.
For those of you who don’t know, the Tipping Street development will become the county council’s new headquarters and will be home to 1,700 staff. The new buildings will have the highest standards of energy efficiency, cutting the council’s annual carbon emissions by over 1,750 tonnes a year.
But the state-of-art development won’t just benefit county council staff, in just 2 years time shops and cafes will be open for business too and will provide Stafford with a real focus.
Moreover, we are committed to kick starting the economy through construction and are pleased that the new development will be a major boost for the local area throughout these challenging times. We have stipulated in the developers’ contract that local labour should be used wherever possible and are hoping that this will open up new opportunities for local business.
Following a full review carried out of the project earlier in the year we can also confirm that the development will save the taxpayer a quarter of a million pounds a year which was fantastic news.
So its full steam ahead and I for one am looking forward to Summer 2011.
You can keep up to date with the development progress by visiting our Tipping Street website. There you can find the latest pictures and also follow the building work on our webcam.