Following a two-year review of its operation, The Salvation Army has moved its South East Divisional Headquarters to Kings Hill, Kent. The new offices at 11 Tower View now house The South East Division and The West Malling Service Centre which together employ 35 staff whose role includes providing pastoral care, operational and mission support to local branches of the church and charity.
"The Salvation Army spent two years evaluating every aspect of its mission service in order to be better equipped to provide support to our church ministers and communities in the UK and Ireland," said Divisional Commander Major Mark Herbert.
"We transformed how we allocate resources so that we can be more effective and creative in delivering relevant and vibrant ministry to every generation, and in offering services based on local needs."
The move is also the result of recent expansion from 20 staff to a combined total of 35, some of whom are peripatetic staff working across the London and South East Divisions.
Andrew Blevins, managing director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust, said: "We are delighted that The Salvation Army chose Kings Hill for its overall package of quality office space, amenities for its staff and excellent transport links – so vital to the important work it does in the community."
Altus Group, Hanover Green and Knight Frank acted for the landlord and Lambert Smith Hampton for the tenant.
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Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is a subsidiary of US-based Liberty Property Trust, a Real Estate Investment Trust, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and United Kingdom, through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 99 million square foot portfolio includes 568 properties which provide office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities to 1,200 tenants.
Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is developing Kings Hill - www.kings-hill.com - as a rapidly growing sustainable community in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), ensuring economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations. Kings Hill combines commercial, residential, educational, retail, community, sports and leisure uses within 800 acres of highly landscaped low density parkland and aims to promote quality of life by providing a unique environment in which people can live, work, play and study. In addition to providing accommodation for SME's, Kings Hill also attracts significant international tenants such as Barclays, Rolex, Cabot Financial, Marsh, Arthur J Gallagher and Kimberly-Clark.
Liberty Property Trust UK and Kent County Council formed a collaborative public/private sector "partnership" to develop Kings Hill as an exemplar mixed-use community. Kings Hill is the County's flagship development for attracting inward investment and promoting regional economic growth.