Worthing leaders welcome HMRC announcement
Released: Thursday, 07 March 2019
Worthing Borough Council leaders have welcome the announcement that HMRC has signed the lease for Teville Gate House in Worthing with the building set to become the new location for its Specialist Site in the town.
The new five storey development is set to replace the existing building currently on the site and could accommodate around 900 full time equivalent employees by 2021.
HMRC expects the new office space to be ready to move in by March 2021. Worthing will be one of five specialist sites located across the UK.
Steven Boyd, HMRC’s Estates Director, said:
“HMRC’s new specialist site location in Worthing will ensure we retain a presence in the town and on the south coast.
“When it is built, Teville Gate House will bring together around 900 colleagues from our existing offices in Durrington-on-Sea into modern, high-quality accommodation. They will benefit from collaborative work spaces with great digital tools helping them to do a great job for the taxpayer.”
Teville Gate House was chosen as the preferred location for Worthing’s Specialist Site as it meets HMRC’s future needs and location principles, including being located opposite the train station, and close to other transport links and local amenities.
Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
"The announcement that HMRC will be bringing hundreds of jobs to the centre of Worthing is a massive vote of confidence in the town.
"As a Council we continue to be committed to driving forward the regeneration of brownfield sites, ensuring the creation of new jobs and good-quality homes while supporting the transformation of our town centre.
"I'm delighted that HMRC are buying into that vision, moving their operations to a prominent central location. I look forward to welcoming them to their new home very soon."
The existing derelict premises at Teville Gate House will be demolished to make way for the new development. HMRC was previously located at Teville Gate House but consolidated in other local offices, when it closed in April 2010.
Hunter Development Managers Limited has been appointed as developers for the project on behalf of the owners Teville Gate House Limited. Plans were unveiled last month for the new building with a planning application expected shortly.
HMRC is transforming into a smaller, more highly-skilled operation offering modern, digital services to create a tax authority fit for the future. HMRC’s Locations Programme is the key to the department’s wider transformation.
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