The organisation tasked with making the world a safer place has moved into permanent headquarters in Edgbaston.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has moved its 100 city-based exployees to 28 Calthorpe Road, a Grade II listed building on the Calthorpe Estate - the first time in its 94-year history it will have its own HQ.
Since 1996, RoSPA has been based at Edgbaston Park on Bristol Road in Edgbaston.
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “In our 94-year history, RoSPA has never before owned its office building.
"This has only come about because of the very hard work, carried out over many years, by trustees, staff and volunteers, which has created an opportunity to exit an expensive leased building when interest rates are low and at a favourable time in the property cycle.
"The acquisition and refurbishment of the new building was undertaken efficiently and professionally by the RoSPA team, our agents BNP Paribas and our contractors, Montage Construction, all led by Mark Penny, our director of finance and administration.
“Everyone at RoSPA is delighted with the results. Not only do we have an excellent new home, which is modern and fit-for-purpose but we also can look forward to operating with far lower overheads in the future, ploughing valuable additional resources into our mission, which is to save lives and reduce injuries.”
RoSPA purchased 28 Calthorpe Road in March and the four-storey building has subsequently undergone a complete renovation.
Mark Penny, RoSPA’s director of finance and administration, said: “Acquiring and refurbishing the offices at 28 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, has been an immensely satisfying project. It is a great building in a great location, just outside Birmingham’s city centre, and it will provide an excellent base for RoSPA for decades to come.”
Until the middle of March 2011, RoSPA’s scheduled training courses will continue to take place at RoSPA’s old address in Edgbaston Park. After this date, all Birmingham-based training will be held at premises near the new headquarters.