New HMRC Hub in Leeds Confirmed
06 Sep 2017
A a new hub for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in Leeds will be located at MEPC's Wellington place the government has confirmed. The deal will lead to 6,000 civil servants working in state-of-the-art new city centre premises in 2020.
The Cabinet Office has announced 7 & 8 Wellington Place as the location of a brand new hub.
HMRC, working with the Cabinet Office, will take approximately 378,000 sq ft at Wellington Place on a 25-year lease. This is the biggest ever commercial property letting in Leeds.
Government hubs are designed to transform central government’s offices by accommodating many different departments in shared buildings in London and in the regions. Wellington Place will be one of 13 regional centres around the country.
Developer and asset management firm MEPC is currently developing Wellington Place, supported by investment giants Hermes Investment Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson said:
"We are delighted to be part of the new UK government hub in Wellington Place, Leeds. This is another step in HMRC’s transformation into a modern digitally advanced tax authority.
"It's the beginning of a process that will see around 3,800 colleagues come together in state-of-the art facilities, enabling closer working relationships and increasing our effectiveness in collecting taxes. It will also make HMRC an important contributor to the economy and to communities in and around Leeds."
The Cabinet Office added that NHS Digital will also relocate to Wellington Place, which will support the organisation's move to enable smarter and more flexible working, and collaboration.
NHS Digital chief executive Sarah Wilkinson added:
"As one of Leeds' major employers, it is an opportunity for greater consolidation of our Leeds estate when completed and will enable us at NHS Digital to build on our existing strong relationships with the wider NHS and government departments.
"Over the past few years, Leeds has established itself as the major digital city in England with a thriving technology sector, which NHS Digital is proud to be a part of. The work NHS Digital does here in Leeds affects the lives of everyone in the country."