Peterborough and Birmingham are the latest places to benefit from the Government Hubs programme to regenerate city centre sites.
Business Leader writes:
Two key city-centre sites are to be regenerated as part of a government programme designed to boost regional growth and save taxpayers’ money.
The Government Hubs programme has so far seen the development of 14 office hubs around the country, providing civil servants with state-of-the-art working environments designed to boost efficiency and drive savings through increased efficiency.
Government Hubs bring together different departments under one roof – moving civil servants to inner-city sites located close to public transport connections, local amenities and shops.
The new hubs in Peterborough and Birmingham will be a massive boost to local businesses who can look forward to increased footfall and a combined 2,700 civil servants using the local amenities. The Birmingham hub alone is set to save taxpayers an annual £6m annually through improved efficiency.
The Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office, Simon Hart, said: “The opening of these new hubs is great news for local businesses in Birmingham and Peterborough. Developing Government Hubs helps to bring forward vital regeneration projects across the country and boost local economies…..
The Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “I am delighted to see the Platform 21 development in Birmingham has been chosen as the location for a Government Hub. Simon and his team have recognised the city’s great transport links and infrastructure, and the fact the city, and indeed the wider region, has so much to offer. The West Midlands is going from strength to strength and I am delighted that the Government continues to support us.”….
Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “To have key government organisations secure a space at Fletton Quays is good news, both for the development and the city as a whole.
“Fletton Quays represents a new age of growth and regeneration for Peterborough. These key additions to the site will bring footfall, recruitment and investment, as well as opening up the prospect of attracting additional Government jobs to Peterborough in the future…..