If ever there was a salutary tale on the perils of office relocation, then a recent report by the British House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee is it. The MPs' report into the transfer of the government spy centre GCHQ to a new purpose-built site found the costs of the move had increased seven-fold, from £41 million to more than £300 million over a two-year period, as IT costs spiralled out of control.
The GCHQ board had failed to realise moving from more than 50 different buildings to a single site on the outskirts of Cheltenham would require a major overhaul of its IT infrastructure.
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