The Liberal Democrats plan to relocate this summer to a new headquarters in Westminster, close to Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament.
The party has chosen newly-refurbished offices on the second floor at 8-10 Great George Street, opposite the Treasury.
Party staff can look forward to a modern, open-plan office on one floor, in contrast to the current Cowley Street offices – which are arranged over five floors, in an array of dolls’-house type compartments.
At around 7000 square feet, the floor area is similar to that of 4, Cowley Street. The final layout is still being planned, but will include a set of meeting rooms for staff, committees, Parliamentary colleagues and their researchers.
Cowley Street will be fondly remembered by many – it was leased by the SDP in the early 1980s and subsequently became the Liberal Democrats’ headquarters. However the building is no longer suitable for the needs of a modern political party.
As Chief Executive Chris Fox told staff this week,
It really will affect the way we talk to each other; we’ll all be working together quite literally on the same floor. That will make an enormous change to working practices.