Work on Wakefield civic centre finished

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A NEW civic building which will accommodate council services and around 1,200 staff has been completed.

Building work has finished on Wakefield One, which will house a customer access point, business lounge, library, and museum on Burton Street.

The building has been formally handed over to Wakefield Council ahead of its official opening in September, a move the council said would save £1m a year in running costs when services are centralised.

Council leader Peter Box said: “We are really pleased with the new building, which looks great, and has been built on time and on budget.

“Wakefield One will save the council at least £1m a year and, through bringing several services into one place, provide a better service for residents. So we’ll be providing more for less, a great achievement in these tough financial times.”

The four-storey building, next to County Hall, was delivered by English Cities fund (ECf), a partnership between Muse Developments, Legal and General Property and the Homes and Communities Agency. It is part of phase two of Merchant Gate, which includes office space, flats, a public square and car parking next to Westgate Railway Station.