The permanent site of the Treasury’s economic campus in Darlington has been revealed.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Nadhim Zahawi will be in the town tomorrow (Monday) to unveil the permanent site of the campus, which will be built on a former car park off the A167.

Brunswick, which was one of two sites which had previously been announced as possible locations for the development, will house the campus.

The visit will be Mr Zahawi’s first to the town as Chancellor after being appointed earlier this month following the resignation of Rishi Sunak.

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He said: “I am delighted to announce the permanent site for our economic campus in Darlington on my first visit to the town as Chancellor. We are creating jobs for local people and spreading opportunity as part of our drive to level up.

 “This government is delivering on its promise to ensure those living outside of London can be at the heart of decision-making so we better reflect the communities we serve.”

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The site, which is next to the recently relocated East End Workingmen’s Club on the A167, will provide a base for 300 Treasury workers. A total of 1,100 roles will be based there by 2025, from six Government departments. 

The Brunswick deal is subject to contract and lease agreement with a developer.

This is the final stage of the Government Property Agency’s procurement process.

There are more than 130 Treasury staff working at the new cross-government hub, following a “rigorous” recruitment campaign, the Government said. The jobs range from entry level to experts and senior leaders, across all areas of policy.

The campus is a key part of the government's drive to diversify policy making, and is part of its levelling up agenda.

Beth Russell, Director General, Tax and Welfare, said: The campus allows us to tap into a diverse range of skills and talent within this region, giving us a new perspective on the issues we are working on. Our staff here are working at the heart of today’s biggest policy challenges – tackling cost of living issues, energy policy and support for Ukraine.

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 “Securing a permanent site is a huge milestone and I am excited for what the future holds for our growing team here in Darlington.”

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen said: "This is a fantastic next step, with Darlington more ready than ever to welcome even more well-paid, good-quality civil service jobs, proving you can stay local and go far, without having to relocate to a big city for a rewarding career.  

“Having the Treasury on our doorstep not only brings fantastic jobs for local people, but also ensures that as a region we are at the forefront of Government decision making. I am extremely pleased to see Government committing to Darlington and I look forward to working with them in the years ahead to further deliver on our levelling up agenda."

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Alongside the Treasury, the Campus will house teams from the Department for International Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Office for National Statistics and the Competition and Markets Authority. They will be working alongside the Department for Education, which already has a base in Darlington.

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