THE Government is considering relocating major offices to a new civil service 'hub' in Croydon town centre.
Civil service estate in Croydon such as Home Office buildings Apollo House and Lunar House as well as the Land Registry in Bedford Park could move into the hub, as well as Government offices currently based outside the borough.
Both Ruskin Square and the West Croydon Interchange are under consideration for the hub's base, which the council is referring to as a 'Mini Whitehall' as up to ten local and central government services could be housed there.
The council has been chosen as one of 20 local authorities to become part of the Government's One Public Estate programme – a property sharing scheme between central and local government.
The Government Property Unit and Local Government Association will also provide funding and training for a feasibility study of relocating the existing civil service presence into modern offices over the next five years.
Councillor Toni Letts, cabinet member for economic development, said: "These are really exciting times and these ambitious proposals for a civil service hub will only enhance Croydon's reputation as a great place to work, live and visit."