Stockport council has submitted a planning application for a 40,000 sq ft civic office to replace Ponsonby House.
Carillion has been selected as preferred developer for the £12m project. The council hopes to create a BREEAM 'excellent' rated development on Edward Street, through a 'green' roof, solar shading and a rainwater harvesting system.
As well as back-office functions the building will house the council's Stockport Direct drop-in service on the ground floor, relocating the department from Hygarth House and Stopford House.
Cllr Dave Goddard, leader of Stockport Council, said: "This is the most significant development of its kind for Stockport Council since the building of Stopford House in the early 1970s. Not only will it greatly improve efficiency within the council by reducing the number of council buildings in the civic complex from 11 to just three, at no additional cost to the council tax payer, but it will lead the country in cutting-edge, sustainable design."
Subject to planning, Carillion hopes to start on site in spring 2009, with completion scheduled for the end of 2010.