Keighley's town hall will be transformed into a £1.2 million one-stop shop by June.

The new Customer Service Centre will feature Internet access, hi-tech interview booths and multi-skilled staff.

Marriages will for the first time be conducted on the ground floor with direct access to Town Hall Square.

The centre will be the most advanced in Bradford district, bringing many services together for the first time.

Receptionists will be given extra training so they can handle a wider range of queries at the front desk.

Interview staff will also learn new skills so they can handle queries normally dealt with by specialist departments.

They will have access to other departments and databases through computer terminals and phones in each interview booth.

Visitors can talk with officers from other departments, such as social services, planning and environmental health, on the ground floor rather than climbing the stairs.

The centre -- expected to receive 300,000 visits a year -- will include full disabled access, extra fire exits, visual aids and induction loops.

The entire ground floor of the 106-year-old building has been gutted to make way for the new services. Gail Burston, the council's strategic customer services manager, said the centre would be the most advanced of its kind in the district.

She said: "It will be up to the minute in terms of technology, design and service delivery. It will bring in a lot of of services to Keighley.

"It really is exciting. Everything a person wants can be done in one visit."

Gill said the entire ground floor had been redesigned to present the town hall from a customer perspective with a clear point for visitors to go to.

If customers' queries cannot be answered by the receptionists they will make appointments with advisers -- often with only a few minutes' wait -- in one of eight interview booths or three private rooms.

Gill said: "There will be no glass in the booths, they will be quite open and friendly. People want to be treated properly in a nice office."

The advisers will be able to handle a wide range of subjects including council tax, benefits, rubbish and roads.

Visitors can fill in any one of 135 application forms online, access Council databases, phone departments, and book theatre tickets.

A new meeting room will have networking for laptops, and a video link with the council chamber upstairs.

Gill is negotiating with Keighley Town Council and the police to have a ground floor presence. The new-look cash office is due to open next month and the reception area in April.