HMRC’s regional centre and Government hub in Stratford has been formally opened by CEO Jim Harra.
The “state-of-the-art building” houses around 5,200 HMRC employees, and reportedly allows HMRC to work in “more collaborative ways” while providing a modern and inclusive working environment.
During the pandemic, HMRC employees who were unable to undertake their roles from home have been working from the building since March 2021. However, Covid restrictions meant that most employees have only recently been able to use the building regularly. The official opening was also delayed due to Covid-related restrictions.
In addition to the formal opening, Richard Las, HMRC’s senior leader for Stratford, and the Reverend Sophia Acland also led tributes to members of staff former employees who had lost their lives in public service and dedicated a memorial in the building’s reception. A wreath was laid on behalf of the department and a one-minute silence was held.
Harra said: “I am delighted to finally mark the opening of our Stratford Regional Centre and Government hub.The state-of-the-art building is a modern, inclusive and flexible working environment that will bring our people together and create greater opportunities for collaboration between teams making it easier to deliver great services to our customers.
“Today, we also remember colleagues who lost their lives in public service. Their hard work and commitment to HMRC, its predecessor departments and the civil service will not be forgotten.”