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VolkerFitzpatrick win £23m Staffs council HQ

VolkerFitzpatrick has won the contract to build a mixed-use scheme in Stafford containing new central offices for Staffordshire County Council.

The scheme will provide 158,000sq ft of central office space for Staffordshire County Council and 13,000 sq ft of shops and cafes at Tipping Street.

Work is to start on site by the end of the year with completion of the development scheduled for late 2010.

Council leader Philip Atkins said the tendering process had been extremely competitive and that VolkerFitzpatrick’s winning bid would save £5 million in construction costs.

He added: “It will also deliver efficient accommodation that will provide the county council and the county’s taxpayers with annual savings of around £250,000 per year. This compares to an annual cost of £500,000 for the proposals we inherited in June.”

Over 1,700 county council staff will be moving from other council properties to the new central office.