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Queensland's Tower of Power comes online

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Stuart Layt

Nearly 900 Queensland public servants have begun the largest move of government personnel in the state's history as they shift from their current offices to the state's new "Tower of Power".

The workers will finish the move across to the new Executive Building at 1 William Street over the weekend, ready for work on Monday.

The controversial 41-storey tower, planned by the former Newman government, will eventually house 5000 public servants, consolidated under one roof from 20 other offices.

Project director Paul Kroutz, from Queensland Treasury, admitted the expensive project would have cost more if not for cutting some of the more extravagant fittings such as stone walls.

The controversial 41-storey tower will eventually house 5000 public servants © Ten News The controversial 41-storey tower will eventually house 5000 public servants "It was about a million dollars in savings by reducing some of the finishes and reducing some of the rugs and things," he said

In total, 1 William Street has cost around $650 million to build, but will cost the Queensland government $1.14-billion over the next 15 years to lease.

Former premier Campbell Newman had claimed the building would save taxpayers $60 million each year in office leasing costs.

But the current Labor government has criticised the cost of the tower's construction and says it was left with no choice to fill it with public servants as the private sector wasn't willing to pay the high rent prices.

All 5000 public servants will have taken their desks in the new tower by the beginning of December.

The tower was built to meet a five-star Green Star rating, and features open-plan offices looking out on floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Brisbane skyline.

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