Luminar new HQ for ITSO

The Citizen is at the heart of the community
The Citizen is at the heart of the community

A Government-supported body dedicated to helping make travel simple and hassle-free is relocating from Birmingham to Milton Keynes.

ITSO has taken a lease on 10,000 square feet in Luminar House, Rooksley, Central Milton Keynes, through commercial agents Douglas Duff.

The not-for-profit company, which employs around 35 staff, sets the nationally-recognised IT specification which enables public transport operators throughout Britain to link up their electronic systems. This means that, eventually, passengers might only have to use one payment ‘smart card’ – no matter what bus, train or route they are using.

The same card can also be developed for multiple uses, including council services such as leisure facilities, parking and libraries.

The ITSO facility at Milton Keynes will comprise offices and, later this year, an IT testing suite.

Director of Douglas Duff, Jonathan Whittle, commented that Luminar House was ideal for ITSO because of its mixture of offices and technical facilities.

Hardwick Contracts is currently carrying out a refit and ITSO expects to finalise the premises re-fit by April this year.

“Luminar House has two remaining suites available on competitive terms at rents below £10 per square foot,” he added.

Michael Leach, chief executive officer of ITSO, said: “We chose Luminar House because it offered the right combination of space for our purposes. Also, the Rooksley location is close to Central Milton Keynes railway station, which is very convenient for many of our visiting members and associates.”