The $25 million building is being constructed for Horizons Regional Council's holding company.

This will house the new Inland Revenue Department building and regional emergency operations centre. There will also be a Cafe on the ground floor of the building.

The facility is designed to perform to the highest building standards, so that after a disaster it would have its own electricity, drinking water and wastewater storage for 48 hours.

Construction is due to be completed at the end of 2019