Woking is set to be the new home of Surrey County Council. Plans to move of the headquarters back into the heart of the county are underway, after more than 50 years located outside Surrey’s boundaries. Council Leader Tim Oliver has announced details of the council’s decision-making centre move to Midas House in Woking.
The new location will be a modern building close to mainline train and bus links, fit for an agile and dynamic workforce working in partnership with the residents of Surrey.
Staff will begin the move out of the current County Hall in Kingston in phases from spring/summer 2020.
Councillor Oliver said: “I am truly excited about this momentous move, which will accelerate changes in the way we work, enabling our employees to work even more flexibly and spend more time with our residents and service users.”
The move to Midas House, which can accommodate up to 1,500 staff and is subject to full Council approval, reflects the transformation of the council into an organisation fit for the future, with an increased focus on working alongside residents to deliver Surrey’s Community Vision for 2030.
The new building – which will be mainly funded by the sale of County Hall – represents a fraction of the cost it would take to bring the existing HQ up to modern standards. Maintenance costs for the Victorian building are also high, whereas the new base will generate savings of around £700k a year. Preparations to sell County Hall are underway.
This move marks an exciting development for the community and the future of Woking!