GPA closes 30,000 square metre property in London

The Government Property Agency (GPA) closed the doors at 1 Victoria Street in London to "generate substantial savings."

The Department for Business, Energy amd Industrial Strategy (now the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero) have announced they will be leaving the building in 2024.

New energy efficiency standards mean that it cannot be re-let to a new commercial tenant without significant investment to bring it up to modern sustainability standards.

It cost £30 million in annual running costs, and the government said closing the building will save a substancial amount of spending.

The government said they are upgrading the remaining properties in London to "create high-quality, shared workspaces that enable smarter working."

The GPA added: "These buildings will form a dynamic flexible campus, able to adapt to service the future needs of 40,000 Civil Service roles within the heart of Whitehall."

They say the Whitehall Campus Programme will provide better value for money and be kinder to the environment as the refurbished buildings "will be more sustainable."

The 30,000 square metre property is an island site bounded by Victoria Street, Abbey Orchard Street and Great Smith Street.

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