Swindon’s new Register Office has been officially unveiled following an opening ceremony at the Civic Offices on 2 June.
The new premises will save the council £60,000 a year in rent and running costs after moving from its previous home of Aspen House in Temple Street, where the register office had been for over thirty years.
Cllr Roderick Bluh, Leader of Swindon Borough Council and the Cabinet Member responsible for the Register Office, joined Superintendent Registrar Mamie Beasant and Swindon Mayor Ray Ballman, pictured, in cutting a ribbon to mark the opening of the new offices.
The new Register Office is self-contained and based in the west wing of the Civic Offices, closest to Clarence House, and has a main ceremony room called the Garden Room with new French windows to allow wedding parties to move into the Rose Garden for photos. A new inner courtyard has also been created so wedding parties have a private setting to capture their special day.
The office will also contain two smaller ceremony rooms for those seeking a more intimate occasion. There will also be extra space for Registrars’ rooms and modern facilities for the disabled.
The public are invited to attend a number of open sessions so they can see for themselves how the service has been transformed by the move. Visitors are invited to view the new facilities on Monday, 6, 13, 20 and 27 June between 9am and 11am, and on Thursday, 9, 16, 23 and 30 June, between 4pm and 7pm.
Cllr Bluh said: “We are really proud of the excellent service we offer at the Register Office and it is fantastic we now have the facilities to match. Our previous accommodation was not fit for purpose but now Swindon has a Register Office to be proud of.”
To contact the Register Office call 01793 521734 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org