RSPCA completes sale of £8.5m-listed headquarters

The building has been sold to the insurance firm Legal & General

The RSPCA's offices in Southwater, West Sussex
The RSPCA's offices in Southwater, West Sussex

The RSPCA has completed the sale of its West Sussex headquarters.

The charity declined to confirm how much the buyers paid for the building, which was put on the market for just under £8.5m last year, according to property listings.

The 82,000ft2 site has been bought by the insurance group Legal & General, although the RSPCA will continue to use the building until March next year, when it will move to smaller rented office space nearby.

The charity said it had achieved “the best possible deal” from the sale of the building, which is near Horsham.

The sale and relocation comes after the RSPCA committed to more flexible working arrangements, following a staff survey last year that found eight in 10 of its employees wanted to increase the amount of time they spent working from home.

The RSPCA also said it had rented smaller office space for some staff in Southwark, south London, from another not-for-profit organisation.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “As a result of the pandemic, feedback from our staff was that for those where their role allows – for example, office-based support functions – that they would like to work more flexibly, including from home.

“In response we have sold our office building Southwater and will be relocating to smaller offices nearby.”

The spokesperson also said: “As part of our drive to become a more modern and sustainable organisation, we will move to a smaller, rented building, which will significantly reduce our running costs. These savings will be refocused to our vital animal welfare work.

“A new office will allow us to be closer to rail links, reduce our carbon footprint, and make us more accessible to a more diverse pool of candidates when we are recruiting.

“We are still exploring options for our future office and will remain in the Southwater building until March 2023.”

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