The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) recently moved back to its newly redeveloped office building after spending three years its temporary location, William Booth College in Demark Hill, London.
The IHQ staff thanked the college for its generosity during the Valedictory Meeting held in the Assembly Hall of William Booth College.
“Thank you for permitting us to share in your pilgrimage,” said the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Israel L. Gaither during his farewell message. “You have given us a gift these past three years.”
In June 2001, the IHQ staff had temporary relocated to the college after The Salvation Army International Trustee Company reached an agreement with Hines Real Estate Holdings Limited Partnership to redevelop the Army-owned office building at 101 Queen Victoria Street in London. The project was dubbed “101 Building Project.”
Under the new scheme, the original site of the headquarters now has two individual buildings, one serving as the IHQ and the other as a site for commercial letting, according to The Salvation Army. The new headquarters is next to the pedestrian walkway and bridge linking St Paul's Cathedral to the new Tate Modern Gallery and will also feature visitor information services.
To conclude the meeting, attendants sang “What a work the Lord has done,” reported The Salvation Army, and received a benediction from Commissioner Raymond Houghton, International Secretary to the Chief of the Staff.