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Relocation to new offices steps up

ICE news

COUNCIL APPROVED plans last week to move about 100 staff from One Great George Street to co-locate with Thomas Telford employees at a new London office.

A previous agreement to sell the Heron Quay premises of ICE's commercial arm sparked the search for new office space (NCE 28 September 2006).

In addition to the Thomas Telford already employees set to move from One Great George Street, Council members on Tuesday 6 March agreed to relocate a large number of ICE administrative staff.

It is hoped that this will free up vital commercial space at the Institution's Westminster base, increasing the revenue from hiring out its rooms.

'The main driver behind this move is to improve working conditions for staff and to carry on the ICE revitalisation plan, ' said vice-president Scott Steedman.

A new offi e based outside London was ruled out because of the need to keep a physical closeness to One Great George Street and maintain contact with the workings of central government.

It was agreed that the president's offi e should remain at One Great George Street, while the director general will have offices at both locations.

Thomas Telford staff are on a 12-month rolling notice to vacate Heron Quay. Deputy director general Hugh Ferguson said that his staff were working to a timetable for relocation in February 2008.

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