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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b) leased by the Department and (c) subject to a private finance initiative agreement; when existing lease agreements relating to such properties are due to expire; and what the total floor space is of each property.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government currently occupies the 19 properties listed in the following table.

Property Tenure Lease break/end Total floor area (m(2))
Princes Parade, Liverpool Leasehold 17 May 2015 212.00
Arpley House, Warrington Leasehold Break 1 July2013 End 1 July 2016 407.60
Ashdown House North, Hastings Leasehold 31 March 2015 418.20
Bridge House, Guildford Leasehold 1 October 2015—DCLG plan to vacate in 2015 3,587.60
Rivergate House, Bristol Leasehold 24 March 2022—DCLG plan to vacate and dispose of lease in the next three years 6,440.00
Citygate, Newcastle upon Tyne Leasehold 1 August 2019 6,095.00
Cumberland Place, Nottingham Leasehold 15 May 2015 323.40
Eastbrook House, Cambridge Leasehold Break 1 March 2018 End 1 March 2033—DCLG plan to operate the break and vacate in March 2018 4,691.50
Eland House, Central London Leasehold Break 25 November 2016 End 20 November 2020—DCLG plan to vacate on 2016 break option or before via lease surrender 23,002.00
Hempstead House, Hemel Hempstead Leasehold 15 April 2013 1,816.20
Lateral, Leeds Leasehold 14 February 2022 5,612.00
Longbrook House, Exeter Leasehold 31 March 2014 135.00
Lysnoweth, Infirmary Hill, Truro Leasehold 31 March 2014—DCLG plan to vacate on lease expiry in 2014 116.00
Mast House, Plymouth Leasehold Break 25 May 2016 End 24 May 2021—DCLG plan to vacate in 2013 via lease surrender 1,645.60
Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh Freehold/feuhold/fee simple DCLG plan to dispose in 2013 1,401.00
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester Leasehold 4 January 2015 941.70
St Philips Place, Birmingham Leasehold 22 December 2020 6,024.00
Temple Quay House, Bristol Leasehold 24 March 2021 400.40
Vulcan House, Sheffield Leasehold Break 30 June 2014 End 30 June 2016—DCLG plan to operate break option in 2014 77.00

Over the last 18 months, the Department has had considerable success in reducing the cost of its estate through consolidation and targeted building disposals. This has seen the Department surrender four leasehold office properties through a combination of lease breaks and lease expiries as well as an administrative transfer of a property to another Government Department. This has generated net savings of £6.5 million net per annum over that period. The Department has also successfully sublet surplus space across their leasehold office estate over the same period, reducing the overall property cost by approximately £6.44 million via additional tenant income. At Eland house in Victoria, we have sublet space to Ofwat, the Department for Transport and the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency—as well as providing space for a pop-up shop operated by StartUp Britain.

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