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New location for Surrey County Council

Published: 27 March 2019

Leaving County Hall in Kingston

Move update...

Surrey County Council announced on 1 November that it will be moving its headquarters back into the heart of the county to Midas House in Woking.

Council leader Tim Oliver said "I am truly excited about this momentous move, which will accelerate changes in the way we work. Aside from the fact that the new Civic Heart will now actually be inside the county of Surrey, which has been our long-held ambition, the real driver has been the desire to place services right at the heart of the population we are here to serve."

What happens to County Hall?

Preparations to sell County Hall are under way, which will go towards funding the new building in Woking for 1500 staff. Maintenance costs for the Victorian building are very high and moving to the new HQ represents a fraction of the cost of bringing County Hall up to modern standards.

This is all part of the transformation process. There are also plans to look at how staff can be better equipped to work from home, in non-office locations and other council offices across the county.

Historical background...

Why is Surrey County Council (SCC) not in Surrey? SCC is currently based in the magnificent County Hall built between 1891 and 1893 in Kingston-upon-Thames, which isn't within Surrey at all. The borders of Surrey were altered in 1965 creating Greater London but SCC remained at County Hall.

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