11 April 2013
Telereal Trillium has completed the lettings of two Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sites to local authorities in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and Totton, Hampshire, totalling 38,000 sq ft of office space.
Horton Street, Halifax has been leased to the Calderdale Council while Hampshire County Council will be moving to High Street, Totton.
The former Jobcentre at 19 Horton Street, Halifax, comprises 16,000 sq ft over three floors and will become the new Halifax Customer First and Corporate Contact Centre, a key public facing office as part of the Council’s office rationalisation programme. The site was vacated by the DWP in November 2012 and Telereal Trillium successfully negotiated the assignment of the remaining 13 years on the lease to the Council within months of vacation.
The 21,800 sq ft office at 1 High Street, Totton, was occupied by the DWP until June 2012. The late 1970s building is arranged over ground and two upper floors, providing predominantly open plan accommodation, split across two wings. Hampshire County Council will take occupancy following a full refurbishment of the site in the summer.
The leasehold liabilities of both sites were passed to Telereal Trillium in 1998 as part of its contract with DWP, known as PRIME. The implementation of the PRIME contract allows the department to vacate their buildings without incurring penalties and has enabled DWP to be at the forefront of achieving efficiency and cost savings within government.
A Telereal Trillium spokesperson said: “These deals are the latest in a series of creative and flexible solutions that Telereal Trillium has sought to dispose of DWP properties as they have been vacated by the department”.