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HMRC Completes Outer London and South East Accommodation Reviews

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is today (Thursday, 14 June 2008) publishing the outcome of a review of its occupation of buildings within outer London and the South East. This is the latest in a nationwide series of consultations on the future shape of the department.

HMRC was created in April 2005 following the merger of the former Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise, providing the opportunity to create a modern, effective revenue collection and enforcement department.

The Regional Review Programme is designed to support HMRC plans to modernise and transform its operations by matching work, offices and accommodation needs throughout the UK. The programme of reviews began in November 2006 and will continue beyond April 2008.

It is not expected that HMRC will begin to vacate any premises until the summer of 2008 but some work and staff may move ahead of this date.

Mike Hanson, HMRC director general responsible for the office review programme, said:

"These are our latest Regional Reviews to reach 'decision point'. The early proposals have in general withstood what is proving to be a very tough evaluation process. The review team's assumptions were tested against the input of more than 1,600 individual contributions as well as the views of business unit planning teams, Trades Unions, MPs, external customers, and our professional estates and IT partners."

Round-up of the decisions in each area

Outer London

In future, 16 buildings will house the department's operations in outer London, whilst 10 offices are to be vacated on a phased basis through to March 2011.

In the proposals published last December for outer London we planned to retain Brook Street, Kingston. We now intend to vacate this site and relocate the staff to Tolworth Tower, Surbiton, which was originally proposed for vacation. We also now plan to retain Valiant House, Uxbridge, Lyon House, Harrow and Berkeley House, Finchley. With the retention of Berkeley House the adjacent Gateway House is no longer needed.

The full list of buildings being retained is:

  • Berkeley House, 298-304 Regents Park, Finchley
  • Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham
  • Capitol House, 794 Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill
  • Crown Building, Woolwich (replacement building)
  • Custom House, Nettleton Road, Heathrow Airport
  • International House, 7 High Street, Ealing Broadway
  • Forum House, 14 Thames Street, Staines
  • Jubilee House, Farthingale Walk, Stratford
  • Lyon House, Lyon Road, Harrow
  • New Enterprise House, 149-151 High Road, Chadwell Heath
  • Olympic House, 3 Olympic Way, Wembley
  • Queens Moat House, St Edwards Way, Romford
  • Southern House, Wellesley Grove, Croydon
  • Tolworth Tower, Ewell Road, Surbiton
  • Valiant House, 1 Park Road, Uxbridge

Buildings to be vacated in phased operations by March 2011 are:

  • 3 Brook Street, Kingston Upon Thames
  • 6-10 Church Hill, Walthamstow
  • Colindale Station House, Colindale Avenue, London NW9
  • Collingwood Business Centre, Mercers Road, Tufnell Park
  • Gateway House, 322 Regents Park Road, Finchley
  • Helena House, 348-352 High Street, Sutton
  • Lyndhurst House, 120 Bunns Lane, Mill Hill
  • Majestic House, High Street, Staines
  • Northside House, 69 Tweedy Road, Bromley
  • Valiant House, 365 High Rd, Wembley

Reading, Basingstoke and Maidenhead

One building, Sapphire Plaza in Reading, will house the majority of HMRC's future operations in the area, including the existing public Enquiry Centre. The Enquiry Centre in Basingstoke will also remain. Three existing offices, Eaton Court and Eldon Court in Reading and Bell Tower House in Maidenhead are to be vacated on a phased basis by autumn 2008.

The addresses of buildings included in this review are:

  • Bell Tower House, Bell Street, Maidenhead
  • Eaton Court, 104 - 112 Oxford Road, Reading
  • Eldon Court, 75 London Road, Reading
  • Sapphire Plaza, Watlington Street, Reading
  • The Square, Basingview, Basingstoke.

Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester and Chichester

Four buildings will house the majority of the department's future operations in the Southampton and Portsmouth areas, whilst five offices are to be vacated on a phased basis through to March 2011. In addition, public enquiry centres will be retained at, or near their current locations.

The full list of buildings being retained is:

  • Compass House, Romsey Road, Southampton
  • Lynx House, 1 Northern Road, Cosham, Portsmouth
  • Norman House, Kettering Terrace, Mile End, Portsmouth
  • Wingfield House, 316 Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

The following buildings will be vacated in phased operations up to March 2011:

  • 8 Ogle Road, Southampton
  • 6 Southgate, Chichester - Enquiry Centre services will be retained at or near this location.
  • Cromwell House, 15 Andover Road, Winchester - Enquiry Centre services will be retained at or near this location.
  • Queens Keep, Cumberland Place, Southampton
  • Portcullis House, Southampton.

HMRC offices on the Isle of Wight were excluded from this review following recent relocation to a new building on the island.