HEFCE’s relocation from Centre Point to Finlaison House, a Government-owned building, will save the public purse around a third of a million pounds annually. The new offices are shared with the Student Loans Company, reducing costs further.
The refit was completed to high standards of sustainability, and achieved a Ska Gold Rating from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. To reduce the need for travel, the video-conferencing facilities have been enhanced.
HEFCE Chief Executive, Sir Alan Langlands, said:
‘Our new Finlaison House office has an invigorating and contemporary feel, and we look forward to welcoming our visitors to it. HEFCE works in the interests of students, and we were delighted that a university student and Great Britain athlete, Jo Rowland, joined us to cut the ribbon to mark its opening.’
Visitors to the London office can find more information on our web-site under Contact us.
1. Finlaison House is leased by the Government Actuary’s Department. The building is named after John Finlaison (1783–1860), a Scottish civil servant and government actuary, and the first president of the Institute of Actuaries.
2. Ska Rating, which featured in the UK Government's Low Carbon Action Plan, is an environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs, led and owned by RICS. The gold rating is the highest of three thresholds.