Cumbria County Council’s new 60,000 sq ft headquarters has been handed over by Eric Wright Construction.
Staff have already started moving into the new building in Botchergate in a phased programme of relocations.
The £10.4m project, designed by the Manchester office of architect AHR, was approved in January 2015 as the cornerstone of a downsizing project that involves the council moving from 22 separate buildings into just two locations, Botchergate and the Parkhouse Building.
The council said at the time that it faced a £13m maintenance backlog on its estate, and that selling off various assets would allow it to save around £1m a year. The new building houses 450 workstations for the 700 staff that will be based at the site.
Peter Barr, head of pre-construction at Eric Wright, said: “A key challenge with the project was that the budget was set in January 2014, when the market was still quite depressed; we provided some innovative solutions to make sure the programme stayed on budget. As a firm we were instructed on this from feasibility right through to construction, it was a true design and build project.”