The Cabinet Office has announced that Leeds will be the location of a new Government Hub to be built by 2020.
Located at 7 & 8 Wellington Place, the 378,000 square foot plot will provide offices for around 6,000 civil and public servants including those working for HMRC and NHS Digital on a 25 year lease.
The new Government hub will be in a sustainable building, equipped with smart technology and shared services. The government hopes that the digitally transformed hub will allow organisations to work more efficiently and enable smart, flexible and collaborated working for their organisations.
Caroline Nokes, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency, 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.”
Wellington Place will be one of 13 regional hubs across the UK and will be home to a range of different government departments, including the NHS.
Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital, said: “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.
“When completed and will enable us at NHS Digital to build on our existing strong relationships with the wider NHS and government departments.”
Plans to build the new government hub were brought forward last year by the Government Property Unit and the hub is expected to be built and up and running by 2020.