Detailed planning consent has been granted for the construction of phase one of a £300m office scheme in Doncaster, south Yorkshire.
The Waterdale Civic and Cultural Quarter will include a new 157,500 sq ft office for the local authority, which will accommodate 1,400 staff and include a council chamber and customer service centre.
The developer behind the scheme is Manchester-based Muse.
Construction work will start by the end of the year with a scheduled completion date of early 2013.
The office development is the first phase of a 10ha regeneration scheme which will also feature a public square and performance venue. The planning application for the performance venue will be submitted later in 2010.
Peter Davies, the mayor of Doncaster, said: “In bringing all town centre council services into one modern office complex, virtually everything residents want to know or do will be under one roof and this will enable the council to deliver the first class service they deserve.”
Jonathan Wood, cabinet member for business and regeneration, said: “The civic and cultural quarter is a major regeneration project for the town. As well as delivering new buildings and facilities, the scheme will improve Doncaster’s image, create jobs and attract new business and investment.”
Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “This will be a high quality, energy efficient building which will transform this part of Doncaster town centre and the construction phase will create a significant number of welcome jobs.”