Construction work on the new Conwy Council offices are progressing as planned.

The Pioneer was invited for an exclusive tour inside the new £31 million Colwyn Bay based offices, which are due to be completed by October and house 750 Conwy County Borough Council (CCBC) employees from the social services, education, housing, planning and community development sectors.

Work on the roof is expected to be completed by February while the exterior of the building is set to be finished by spring.

CCBC county valuer and asset manager Bleddyn Evans, who ran the tour in conjunction with project manager for Bowmer & Kirkland Mark Hooson, said there had been no delays to the project and no increase in costs.

Mr Evans said the new offices were already having a positive affect on the Colwyn Bay community.

He said: "One of the main objectives of this project was to re-stimulate the Colwyn Bay economy and shops have already to begun to open in anticipation."

The construction of the new offices have also seen CCBC working with schools from the area, with Ysgol Aberconwy the latest to benefit receiving a tour of the site last week and giving students an idea of what careers are like as an engineer or construction worker.

Local contractors have also benefited with Mochdre based business Poppleton's winning a £400,000 contract - doing duct work within the building - and Falconer Electricals Ltd, based in Penrhyndeudraeth, a £500,000 contract - electrical works - the latest to obtain a spot on site.

Colleg Llandrillo have even had students hired by contractors on site having taken part in voluntary projects through courses they were undertaking.