Accountancy & Banking

Published: January 28, 2022 | Updated: January 28, 2022

End of an era as Barclays announces last staff are to leave the iconic Barclays House in Poole

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Barclays is to quit Poole’s iconic Barclays House by the end of the year.

The bank has confirmed that it’s to move the majority of the 708 permanent staff – 429 – to new offices in Bournemouth.

A further 174 will be relocated to sites across the UK including Glasgow, Greater Manchester and Northampton.

The total net loss of jobs is expected to be around 50 but Barclays says up to 40 new roles could be available for those affected.

The bank says no decision has been made with regard to the future – or disposal – of Barclays House.

In a statement, Barclays said: “In order to drive greater collaboration between teams, Barclays has announced it plans to exit Barclays House, Wimborne Road, Poole, by the end of the year.

“The announcement will see the majority of colleagues being relocated to new office premises at The Helm, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, continuing the bank’s longstanding commitment as a major employer in the region.

“Other roles will be relocated bringing teams closer together helping to drive future collaboration at our UK sites including Glasgow, Greater Manchester and Northampton; where we have invested in new campuses and office space.

“These changes enable us to innovate at pace for the customers and clients we serve.

“We will do everything we can to support colleagues impacted by the changes announced, including supporting redeployment where possible and working closely with Unite.

“As yet, no decision has been made with regard to the future or disposal of Barclays House.”

Laing’s South West Region were contracted to build the new headquarters for Barclays Bank International in Poole.

Construction began in September 1972 and the work was completed less than three years later in June 1975.

The first staff moved in the following year.

The new office complex was intended to partly decentralise London-based offices to offset rising costs, in addition to creating new jobs in the local area.

At its height more than 2,500 staff worked in the building.