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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 270,000 sq ft at India Buildings in Liverpool.
The move is part of the wider Government Hubs programme, led by the Government Property Unit (GPU), which is reforming how the government uses property. JLL is advising the GPU.
India Buildings was selected for its easy-to-reach location and excellent transport links while an extensive refurbishment will provide the digital infrastructure required by HMRC.
HMRC will take over will take over the whole building with staff moving in 2019 and as many as 3,500 HMRC staff will work there.
Steven Boyd, HMRC Estates Director, HMRC said: "HMRC's move into India Buildings will see us sensitively restore and refurbish this magnificent building to bring it back to its former glory, while transforming it into a state-of-the-art facility fit for a modern tax authority. This agreement marks a significant, long-term commitment to this city and this region."
Richard Wharton, JLL director of office agency, who advised the Government, added: "We carried out a measured selection process which took in to account wide ranging factors including cost efficiency. HMRC's decision to move to India Buildings, which has been an iconic feature of Liverpool's skyline since the 1930s, is a huge boost for the city."
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