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Single office base for Defra by 2018

Defra’s offices in London are being organised to relocate under one roof by early 2018, saving an expected £2m a year.

The reorganisation has been announced by the department’s permanent secretary Clare Moriarty (pictured).

Departmental teams and some agency representatives will go to 2 Marsham Street in Westminster, where the Home Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are already based.

The leases on two of Defra’s current offices, at Ergon House and 9 Millbank, end in June with both buildings due to be redeveloped into residential property. Staff presently at Nobel House in Smith Square will also relocate to Marsham Street.

Moriarty said: “The expiry of leases at two of our properties has made it possible to take this opportunity to bring Defra group people in London together into one purpose-built office.

“We are now busy drawing up a detailed relocation schedule with the current occupants of 2 Marsham Street, with my aim for Defra group to complete the move by early 2018.”

Under the Whitehall Campus Strategy, the Government’s Property Unit has reduced the central London estate from 181 properties in 2010 to 54. By 2025 this figure is expected to fall to around 20.

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