More than 3,000 staff at Birmingham City Council are preparing to move into a new £38 million office block in an effort to consolidate numerous bases all over the city.

Work has been completed on 10 Woodcock Street, near Aston University, which is the council’s biggest office construction for 100 years.

Woodcock Street is a key element of the council’s Working for the Future programme, which aims to save £100 million by replacing expensive, outdated, leased properties with a small number of purpose-built offices.

Similar workplaces at 1 Lancaster Circus, Lifford House and New Aston House are already functioning.

Coun Randal Brew (Con Northfield), cabinet member for finance, said: “This is a fantastic example of how a local authority can provide a modern 21st century working environment, while making substantial savings and providing a workplace that supports employees to deliver improved services.

Council back office staff will start to move into Woodcock Street next month. The new building will allow the legal and corporate finance teams to operate from under one roof for the first time.