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Leeds’ new government hub will house HMRC and NHS Digital

David Bicknell Published 06 September 2017

New hub near Leeds Station will house 6000 civil servants by 2020

 

The Cabinet Office has announced the creation of a new government hub will be set up in Leeds.

The hub, in Wellington Place, close to Leeds Station, will be home to both HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and NHS Digital, with HMRC taking nearly 400,000 sq ft of space on a 25 year lease to house 3800 employees.

The deal, said to be the biggest commercial property letting in Leeds, will see 6000 civil servants moving into new city centre premises by 2020.

Minister for government resilience and efficiency Caroline Nokes said, “The Civil Service is a great place to work and enabling civil servants to have high quality and modern working environments will ensure that we work productively and deliver the best services to the public across the country.

“The Leeds hubs will be a catalyst for growth in the surrounding cities and towns, helping rebalance the UK economy and underpin our strategy for a strong, well-connected Northern Powerhouse that can continue to provide good-quality jobs and economic growth across the region.”

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 new chief executive of NHS Digital, Sarah Wilkinson added, “We are delighted to co-announce our involvement with the new Leeds Government hub, this is a significant investment in the city and reinforces their long-term commitment to Leeds.

“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. Being part of the Government Hubs programme in Leeds is a great opportunity to work in partnership with both national and local organisations.”








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