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Birmingham Assay Office opens doors to new headquarters

The Birmingham Assay Office has officially opened its new purpose-built headquarters in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

After 137 years based in its previous headquarters in Birmingham’s Newhall Street, the assay office has now relocated to a newly built headquarters in Moreton Street.

The building, which was supported by a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant of £1.478m coupled with the financial incentives of the Enterprise Zone, comprises of 6,000 square metres across three floors, including a mezzanine.

The new headquarters also features training rooms, conference rooms, and a foyer area which offers a venue for training, conferences, meetings and other events.

The assay office said that the relocation had been a “massive project”, along with decades of archives, paperwork, staff records and other treasures having to be moved, the project also included many years of searching for a suitable site, deliberating what was required and planning a purpose-built facility.

Stella Layton, CEO and assay master, said: “I am so very proud of my team. The relocation has taken so much time and resource to plan and implement correctly, and it is testament to the spirit and resilience of the Assay Office staff that not only did we achieve this significant milestone on time, we did it without once affecting the service standards and professional delivery our customers have come to rely on us for.

“Given that the assay office has four large divisions to consider, with myriad complexities with regards to relocating equipment and high value goods, this really was no mean feat.”

Layton added that there are now “so many” opportunities for the assay office and for its customers. She said it is a significant benefit to the assay office to be in such a “wonderful, modern and inspiring space, a building that is truly fit for purpose”.

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