Councils consider sharing new £8m office in Lowestoft

Two councils in Suffolk could build an £8m shared office in Lowestoft.

Waveney District Council's cabinet has backed the idea of sharing premises with staff from Suffolk County Council.

The county council will consider the proposal for the Riverside Road building at its cabinet meeting in May.

Colin Law, leader of Waveney District Council, said: "Placing hundreds of staff in a low-cost, energy efficient building would reduce costs and save considerable amounts of money."

If the plans are backed by Suffolk County Council, a business case will then be put forward.

A decision on whether to go ahead will be made later this year.

Waveney District Council said the building could open by the end of 2013.

Councillor Jane Storey, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for resource management, said: "Joining forces and sharing facilities means we can improve the quality of office accommodation for our staff and at the same time bring down overall costs.

"No final decisions have yet been made but I hope this will be an important step towards achieving essential savings for both councils."

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