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By Tristan Harris Wednesday 19 March 2014 Updated: 20/03 23:34
WORK began on Tuesday (March 18) on Bromsgrove's new £6.9million civic centre.
The one stop shop for residents on the former Parkside School site is a joint project between Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council.
The building will house offices for both district and county council staff, along with the town's library, registration service, JobCentre Plus and customer service centre.
The enterprise was launched after a review by both authorities into their public sector buildings and redevelopment opportunities in or around the town centre.
The former Parkside building was identified as the most suitable option for a co-location of services.
The work, being undertaken by appointed contractors Thomas Vale Construction, will feature two main elements - the refurbishment of the existing building and an extension.
Bromsgrove District Council leader, Coun Roger Hollingworth, said it was an important stage of the Bromsgrove town centre regeneration programme and followed last month’s High Street improvements getting underway.
"When Parkside is finished it will join the other success we have seen in the last couple of years which include the police and fire station and the medical centre.
"This demonstrates that by working together, we can utilise and develop the town’s historic buildings to benefit residents, businesses and visitors.
"It will really revitalise the area, increase the footfall on the High Street and go towards building a better Bromsgrove like we have always promised.”
Coun Anthony Blagg, Worcestershire County Council member for Bromsgrove Central, said he was delighted to see work starting as he had been championing development since initial discussions in 2005.
"The Parkside project is a great example of two local authorities working collaboratively to identify opportunities to rationalise and share public sector buildings."
He added it would make it easier for residents to access a number of services in one location and would also contribute to financial savings on properties by releasing assets for sale, reducing operating costs and delivering revenue savings.
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