HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) regional centre in Bristol is officially open. Chief Executive Jim Harra declared the building open at an event held on location and through the unveiling of a plaque yesterday afternoon.
3 Glass Wharf at Temple Quay is the second of 13 new regional centres to officially open across the UK, which are part of phase one of the Government Hubs programme.
Jim Harra visited 3 Glass Wharf with other members of HMRC’s executive committee to officially open the new building located in an area in close proximity to Temple Meads station which has been regenerated.
The modern, hi-tech building will be home to around 1,650 HMRC employees and will allow the department to work in new ways, delivering an effective service for customers and providing a modern and collaborative working environment for civil servants.
Work on 3 Glass Wharf started in 2016 and the Government Hub saw its first civil servants from HMRC and Cabinet Office move in on Monday 16 September 2019.
3 Glass Wharf is part of HMRC’s 10-year transformation programme to become one of the most digitally-advanced tax authorities in the world. By moving to the regional centres, HMRC will save more than £300 million by 2025 and make annual savings of about £90m by 2026.
Jim Harra, Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary of HMRC, said: “I’m incredibly proud to be opening the Bristol Regional Centre. This building will be a great place to work and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on Bristol and its local economy. It will bring teams together so they have the opportunity to work differently and more effectively, making HMRC a tax and customs administration fit for the future.”