EE is to vacate its current London Paddington based HQ and move into BT’s London St Paul’s BT Centre.
The network's CEO Marc Allera announced the move in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph where he stated:
'We’re going to be moving to BT Centre by the end of the year, if all goes well. I can look at a number of examples of where we are collaborating really well with our BT colleagues. That’s going to be a lot easier in the same building.'
'While moving offices can be disruptive, the benefits are going to outweigh the hassle of a slightly longer commute for some people and a shorter one for others.'
BT’s first full quarter results as a combined EE BT entity increased the planned potential cost savings to £400 million a year (by year four), representing a £40 million increase.
The HQ shift marks the next step in merging the two business together after EE announced its customers would be able to access BT Sport for the new football season. This marked the first major crossover of services since the merger was given regulatory approval earlier this year.
Retail staff were informed of the move a week before the public announcement, though as most of EE’s retail operations are based in their previous HQ in Hatfield, store staff are not expecting any disruption.
The BT Centre was built when the telecommunications firm was still a nationalised entity in 1980 and consists of a 10-story building overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. It is expected that EE will be given whole floors of the building in which to operate.