The UK government's new hub, Tŷ William Morgan, was officially opened yesterday (Monday 5th December) by the Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies MP.
The creation of the new hub has been managed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as part of the department's wider estates and transformation work across the UK.
The new building is spread across a total of 12 floors, and is now one of 14 new UK government hubs across the UK's four nations. It is the eleventh new regional centre to be formally opened as part of HMRC's estates programme.
Named after Bishop William Morgan who translated the Bible into Welsh in the 16th Century, Tŷ William Morgan is now the home of over 4,500 civil servants, including more than 4,000 full-time equivalent HMRC staff and approximately 500 employees from across 12 other UK Government departments. These include the Wales Office, Cabinet Office, Department for International Trade, Department for Work and Pensions and The Department for Levelling Up. As well as this, the building has the ability to host full UK Government Cabinet Meetings.
Tŷ William Morgan when nearing completion - Credit: www.martynhicks.com
Keys for the 25,000 sq. m (265,000 sq. ft) building were formally handed over in January 2020, with the building first opening its doors to civil servants in February 2021. It is part of large central development within a few minutes’ walk of Cardiff Central train station.
Tŷ William Morgan gives a modern and inclusive working environment to enable collaborative working and to deliver an effective service for customers. It is a contributing factor towards a much more sustainable government estate, reducing our carbon footprint and water usage, increasing the need for recycling and reducing waste sent to landfill.
David TC Davies, Secretary of State for Wales, said:
"Tŷ William Morgan is central to the UK Government’s ambitious plans to create a dynamic and flexible civil service which is equipped for the future.
Its position in the heart of Cardiff also demonstrates the UK Government’s commitment to Wales. It is already providing a modern working environment to attract and retain high-calibre staff who will be able to grow and develop their careers here in Wales.
Being able to work with colleagues from right across government under one roof is proving hugely beneficial and it is fantastic to be able to open Tŷ William Morgan officially."
David TC Davies, Secretary of State for Wales
Penny Ciniewicz, HMRC Director General for Customer Compliance Group, said:
"I am delighted to be here to mark the official opening of our Cardiff hub. Tŷ William Morgan has been built and designed to be an inclusive environment for colleagues, encouraging smarter and more collaborative working and a culture where everyone feels valued. Our new Cardiff home is already proving to be a hub that fosters collaboration, which is essential for us to meet HMRC’s ambitions to transform into a digitally advanced tax authority."