HMRC has taken the next step in creating a network of 13 state-of-the-art regional centres, by signing a 25 year lease to let 157,153 sq. ft. at the New Bailey development in Greater Manchester.
3 New Bailey was selected for its easy-to-reach location and excellent transport links and for the excellent the digital infrastructure required by HMRC.
HMRC will take over will take over the whole of the seven storey 3 New Bailey development with staff moving in from 2022.
Steven Boyd, HMRC Estates Director, HMRC said:
“The New Bailey development will provide HMRC with a state-of-the-art facility fit for a modern tax authority. Signing the lease is a significant, long-term commitment to the Greater Manchester region.
“This is one of our final regional centres to be announced. Staff are already working from the first regional centre in Croydon and are discovering how the building supports significant improvements in ways of working and collaboration. All the regional centres will provide our staff with the quality, digital working environments needed to deliver a better service to the taxpayer.”
Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office said:
“This is a vibrant modern city with high-levels of skilled graduates and a proud tradition of providing high-quality public sector services. The Civil Service is a great place to work and the new government hub means civil servants will have a high quality and modern working environment to continue to deliver the best services to the public. This continues to build on the work we are doing to ensure that our estate not only delivers value for the taxpayer but also acts as an enabler to the delivery of the Government’s wider commitments.”
3 New Bailey will be the initial phase of the HMRC Manchester Regional Centre. Additional capacity for around 2,500 staff working in the city will be retained at Trinity Bridge House as a transitional site until 2027/8, when the second phase of the regional centre is expected to open.
The move is part of the wider Government Hubs programme, led by the Government Property Agency, which is reforming how the government uses property.
JLL undertook property searches on behalf of HMRC and found 3 New Bailey to be the most suitable location for the development. The new regional centre is being developed by the English Cities Fund.