The council has approved a £23-million sustainable mixed-use development for Stafford town centre.
The plans by Birmingham-based developer Stoford Developments’ for a new 158,000-sq ft central office for Staffordshire County Council and 13,000 sq ft of shops and cafes at Tipping Street.
The development which aims to bring investment to the area and lead to the creation of new jobs is scheduled for completion in late 2010.
With a BREEAM-‘excellent’ rating and the scheme has ambitions to deliver an A-rated performance certificate for its sustainability, claiming that the building will generate 60 per cent less carbon dioxide than a conventional office – a core requirement for the Council, helping to meet its commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050.
Staffordshire County Council Deputy Leader Robert Simpson said: “The scheme aims to act as an economic catalyst, setting off a chain reaction of investment and new jobs at a time when regeneration is most needed. This is a real opportunity for Stafford and Staffordshire to position itself as a primary growth point for the Midlands.
“For Staffordshire County Council, this offers a great opportunity to maximise the efficiency of our operation, bringing services together in a purpose-built energy efficient building. This will provide real value-for-money for the Staffordshire tax payer.”