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High Speed Two: Staff

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 256189, tabled on 20 May 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (a) how many and (b) in which locations are office premises to accommodate HS2 staff (i) owned, (ii) leased and (iii) rented; and what the (A) length of tenure, (B) annual cost or purchase price, (C) number of people working in and (D) who lessor or vendor is for each of those office premises in the latest period for which figures are available.

Answered on

23 May 2019

HS2 Ltd relocated its headquarters from London to the Midlands 3 years ago, and has now established a new base in Manchester city centre, emphasising the benefit of having a presence in areas along the route. Details of these office premises are detailed below.



Length of Tenure

No of Desks*


Annual net total costs to meet all obligations under the lease/licence


London (Euston)


10 years


Secretary of State for Transport

London (Westminster)

Civil Estate Occupancy Agreement

5 years


Department for Education

Birmingham (2 Snowhill)


15 years


2 Snowhill Birmingham SARL

Birmingham (1 Victoria Square)

Serviced Offices (Licence)

2 years



Manchester (Barlow House)


3 years


Secretary of State for Health

*HS2 Ltd operate a flexible working system and staff can work at any location, depending on business need(s). HS2 Ltd also co-locate with contractors. Therefore the number of desks does not directly relate to the number of HS2 Ltd staff working at each location.

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