A commemorative foundation stone`s being laid today at Northamptpnshire County Council`s new headquarters.
Over the next few weeks the frame of the building will go up before the external shell and glazing is put in place over the coming months.
The £53 million complex on Angel Street should be completed by October next year.
The first phase of the works on the authority s former staff car park in Northampton s Angel Street has seen the preparation of the site for construction, including the demolition of several small buildings.
Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, told Connect FM: “I’m delighted that the project is progressing well and it s exciting to see the foundations beginning to take shape.
“This building is very significant for the county council as it provides a building which is fit for the future and will bring significant savings in the long term.
“However, the building is extremely important to Northampton as a whole as it will house up to 2,000 office workers, which will significantly boost the town centre economy.”
The project will see county council staff moved out of 12 buildings in Northampton, including County Hall, into one purpose-built headquarters in the town centre.
It is proposed that the retained parts of County Hall will be maintained by the county council for its democratic function namely the council chamber and councillors rooms and a small number of staff.