National Lottery Community Fund predicts ‘substantial saving’ from London office move

21 Feb 2024 News

Society Building, home to NLCF, NCVO, Refugee Action and more


The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has moved its London office into NCVO’s Society Building near King’s Cross station. 

NLCF has downsized from its previous London office in Westminster, where it had been based since moving from Plough Place near Chancery Lane after a 20-year stint in 2021.

Its new building is smaller and will ensure a “substantial saving on annual lease costs for our organisation”, an NLCF spokesperson told Civil Society. 

The grantmaker said it wanted to reduce its carbon footprint with the move, stating in its most recent accounts that occupancy rates in its offices had remained low as its staff continued to work from home.

NLCF also said it hoped to embed its London office, which it will share with Bond, Refugee Action and the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, within the voluntary sector.

The funder’s Birmingham office, located in Apex House, Edgbaston is its registered address and central base. 

Aim for net zero by 2030

NLCF chief executive David Knott said the London office move will help it to achieve its mission of becoming net zero by 2030. 

He said that NLCF’s values align with those of NCVO, which has also been working to reduce its environmental impact by energy and waste reduction. 

Knott said: “We will continue to prioritise flexible working, allowing our teams the chance to come together and connect while prioritising the ways in which we can continue reducing our footprint further.” 

NLCF has reduced its carbon footprint by 52% since 2020, Knott said. 

Sarah Vibert, chief executive of umbrella body NCVO, said: “We’re delighted that NLCF has joined the other amazing organisations working in our voluntary sector hub at Society Building. 

"We work hard to support and foster greater collaboration and partnership across the voluntary sector, so it’s fantastic to hear about the steps the National Lottery Community Fund is taking to get closer and more responsive to communities. 

“We’re also very proud of the fact that our commitment to sustainability at Society Building is helping others to achieve their goals.”

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