Charity Commission will move to Millbank offices

Regulator will relocate 120 London staff in May

The Charity Commission's London staff will move to smaller offices this summer in the Millbank area of the capital.

The regulator has signed a nine-year lease at 30 Millbank, overlooking the River Thames in the City of Westminster.

It will begin relocating its 120 London staff in May, a month before the lease expires on its existing site, Harmsworth House in the Blackfriars area of London.

The commission has put aside £1.85m from efficiency savings over the past five years for the move, which was expected to be to Fox Court on Gray's Inn Road, London, until the Millbank offices came on the market in January (Third Sector Online, 17 February).

"We believe this location provides the best, and most responsible use of our resources and will save the commission an estimated £13.1m in running costs over a nine-year period," said a commission spokeswoman.

"It was such an attractive option on paper that we had to investigate further whether it would meet our requirements of space, affordability and timing."

The regulator will share the first floor at 30 Millbank with the Audit Commission. The building also houses the Conservative Party and Leonard Cheshire Disability was also based there until last year.

At 12,000 square feet, the site is considerably smaller than Harmsworth House, which is 33,000 square feet, although the commission sub-lets about a quarter of the space.

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