Burst water pipe closes Oxfam HQ until at least mid-March

The closure will affect more than 800 staff, forcing them to work elsewhere temporarily

Oxfam House
Oxfam House

Oxfam UK’s Oxford headquarters will be closed until at least mid-March after a burst water pipe damaged the building’s core electrical systems.

The problem will affect more than 800 workers, forcing them to work remotely from home or in nearby temporary office space to ensure the charity can continue to support its overseas workers and engage with UK supporters.

In a statement, the charity said the pipe burst overnight on Sunday 17 February and by the time it was discovered on Monday morning had caused damage to the building’s core services, including its electrical and data systems.

The building would not re-open until mid-March at the earliest, the statement said.

Danny Sriskandarajah, chief executive of Oxfam, said: "Our priority has been to ensure that our vital life-saving and life-changing work around the world is not affected. Staff have been working tirelessly to implement our contingency plans and ensuring that our back-up systems are working.

"Some supporters contacting us by phone and online might have experienced some delays. We have been working hard to restore services and we apologise for any inconvenience.

"We continue to review the situation and update our contingency plans. Clearly, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is paramount, so we willreopen the building only when we are advised it is safe to do so."

Sriskandarajah said the charity was grateful for the offers of support it had received from other businesses and organisations in Oxford.

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