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Buildings

Question for Department for Education

UIN 214217, tabled on 11 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many buildings her Department sold in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

Answered on

18 November 2014

In July 2010, the Department for Education sold Moorfoot in Sheffield for £3 million. The Department currently has two freehold assets scheduled for disposal:

Building/Site

Disposal action

Castle View House, Runcorn

Currently vacant and being actively marketed to the public and private sector.

Mowden Hall, Darlington

Scheduled for disposal in the financial year 2015/2016.

The table below illustrates the number of buildings sold in each calendar year since 2010:

Calendar year

Buildings sold

2010

1

2011

0

2012

0

2013

0

2014

0

Since 2010, the Department has reduced the size of its estate from 30 properties, at a cost of circa £51 million per annum, to six properties costing circa £31 million per annum. This is a saving of £20 million per annum.

In 2012, the Department announced an ambitious programme to reduce its estate from 12 sites to six, while maximising the efficiency of the buildings retained. This has now been achieved by reducing the amount of space we use, surrendering unwanted facilities to landlords and sub-letting vacant space to other organisations. The Department has improved the quality and flexibility of its workspace alongside driving down cost.

The Department also plans to vacate Sanctuary Buildings in London at lease expiry in 2017 and relocate to a Government owned freehold building, which will generate a further saving of circa £8.5 million per year. The Department is always looking to maximise the efficiency of its estate and, working with the Cabinet Office’s Government Property Unit, we are currently updating our Strategic Asset Management Plan.

The table below illustrates the leasehold buildings surrendered since 2010:

Property name

Location

200 Great Dover Street

London

Bayley House

Bolton

Brandon Court

Coventry

City Exchange

Leeds

Enterprise House

Wolverhampton

82/84 Piccadilly

London

Victoria Square House

Birmingham

Lime House

Nottingham

Whittington House

London

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