NHS England is to move its London office into a building with the Department of Health to save around £1m a year.

The national commissioning organisation is planning to leave its Maple Street building in April, when the current lease expires, and move its London offices to Skipton House.

The move will come only a year after NHS England took on its full powers, although a small number of staff began using the building during the commissioning reorganisation, in late 2011.

Under the Health Act 2012, NHS England is intended to be independent of the government and to “limit the powers of ministers over day-to-day NHS decisions”.

The Maple Street building was previously used by the National Patient Safety Agency, which was abolished under the Health Act. NHS England’s largest single base is at Quarry House in Leeds, although it already has some staff based in Skipton House, in south London.

The Department of Health paid at least £214,000 for refurbishment of Maple Street in a series of installments in late 2011 and early last year, according to published spending data.

An NHS England spokeswoman confirmed the planned move and said it would save money. She said the sums spent on refurbishment would be recuperated, because it would reduce charges which will be due to the building’s owner at the end of the lease based on its condition.

She said the DH would also continue to use Skipton House.

The spokeswoman said: “Moving NHS England staff out of Maple Street to Skipton House will save a considerable amount of money.

“By consolidating our staff at Skipton House, NHS England will reduce its annual running costs by £1.05m per annum from April 2014.”