BT to close 270 offices - what does this mean for Ipswich base?

BT radio tower, Adastral Park

BT radio tower, Adastral Park - Credit: Archant

BT has revealed plans to close 270 offices across the UK.

BT Network Operations Centre, Adastral Park

BT Network Operations Centre, Adastral Park - Credit: Archant

The move will see the telecoms giant reduce its 300 offices to around 30 by 2023 in what it says is the biggest consolidation programme of its type in the UK.

While the company will reduce its offices by about 90% it says no jobs will be lost.

However, the changes could bring enormous opportunities to its office at Ipswich's Adastral Park.

The office has been selected as one of eight key locations, along with Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester, which will play a vital role in the future of the company.

All of these locations will benefit from 5G connectivity under 'The Better Workplace Programme' - which will also ensure the 30 remaining sites are modern, future-fit buildings.

Group chief executive Philip Jansen said: "Revealing these eight locations is just the first step. We have dedicated teams working on identifying the best buildings to move into and which ones to redesign for the future.

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"As a result of this programme, BT people will be housed in inspiring offices that are better for our business and better for our customers."

BT Group plays an important role in the East of England's economy and, as a result of its full economic impact, the firm supported £1 in every £55 produced in the region, according to an independent report.

It also employs around 12,000 across the region.

Noel McClean, national officer of the Prospect union, added: "While the union is committed to working with BT to establish offices that are fit for the 21st century, what is left unsaid in today's announcement is what will happen to the current estate."

"Indeed, moving from an estate of over 300 locations to around 30 by 2023 poses a huge logistical challenge for all concerned.

"For example, closing each existing building will require a period of consultation and considerable support for affected staff, from both the company and the union."

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