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ARB could move its headquarters from central London

The ARB could be set to leave its central London headquarters, in a move which would reduce costs for the organisation.

Representatives of the board and its staff are locked in negotiations with the freeholder of the ARB's Marylebone office, the Howard de Walden Estate, over redevelopment plans for the Weymouth Street site.

There is a current planning application lodged with Westminster planners for a residential scheme sitting over the top of the ARB office, designed by Ken Shuttleworth's practice Make (see below).

The ARB has been given the opportunity to break its lease on its home, which was refurbished by De Rijke Marsh Morgan (see above), as a result of the Make scheme.

The Arb's office is, famously, located just a few hundred metres from the RIBA's Portland Place HQ.

There will be those in ARB who will want to use the option of breaking the lease as an opportunity to relocate from central London and use the cost reductions as a way of reducing the retention fee.

But a source close to the negotiations insisted that it was unlikely the board and its staff would leave central London due to the problems of staff relocation.

by Ed Dorrell

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