New photos of the Old War Office Building!
26/01/2019 12:27 by Buildington
Keltbray has just completed its near on one-year contract at the historic Old War Office in Whitehall.
Phase 1 involved the soft stripping of fixtures and fittings by Keltbray Demolition & Civil Engineering and was followed by a second phase, which included asbestos removal to all floors throughout the 54,000 m² building.
“Westminster Development Services on behalf of private investment was granted permission to transform this historic site into a luxury hotel with separate apartments on the condition that the historic character of the 1000-room Graded II listed Edwardian building is not lost. We therefore worked closely with English Heritage to ensure 75% of the original mosaic and terrazzo ceramic floor was preserved while we worked to remove the asbestos from perimeter flor trenches and any asbestos containing pipework below central corridor mosaic flooring.
“We adapted our way of working to develop pilot enclosures in smaller areas for English Heritage to progressively approve our methods, and also used quilling method to remove asbestos containing Insulation beneath encapsulated paintwork and preserve the original perimeter basement corridor brick walls as far as possible,” explained Senior Contracts Manager for KES, Stephen Finken.
“This is the first time KES has been appointed principal contractor on such a major and high profile contract. Despite having to adopt our working methods, I’m pleased to say our 70-strong team (when at maximum levels) led by Site Manager, Denis Rafferty, and Senior Supervisor, Michael Chapel, did a great job to help preserve as much as possible of this historic and important building, and I’m glad that once the hotel has been built, Churchill’s office will still be available to visit for the public,” Stephen said.
21/11/2017 08:30 by Buildington
The Westminster Council Planning Committee is planning to grant conditional permission subject to a S106 legal agreement for the redevelopment of the Old War Office Building today.
14/02/2017 14:39 by Buildington
The sale of the Ministry of Defence Old War Office, Whitehall, to Hinduja Group, was completed on 1 March 2016.
The sale of the Old War Office, Whitehall, to the Hinduja Group in partnership with OHL Developments whose main shareholder is Grupo Villar Mir, is one of the largest private Spanish industrial groups.
The 580,000 sq ft property, marketed as 57 Whitehall, was sold on a long lease arrangement to the joint venture for in excess of £350 million following a competitive marketing process. Working collaboratively with the purchasers the building will be sympathetically restored, redeveloped and re-imagined as a high quality hotel and residential apartments.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which is responsible for managing and maintaining land and property on behalf of the MOD, appointed Bilfinger GVA to market the building after it was declared surplus to Defence. It is estimated the sale will generate a saving for the department of around £8-10 million per year in running costs.
Defence Minister, Mark Lancaster MP said:
I am delighted to complete the sale of the Old War Office. The building has played an important part in our country’s history and presents a unique redevelopment opportunity in an unrivalled location in the heart of Westminster. The sale reflects our aim of achieving a rationalised defence estate to more appropriately meet the needs of our armed forces and the 250 year lease will ensure the heritage and security of the building for many years to come.
The Grade II* Listed Building, completed in 1906, contains around 1,100 rooms across 7 floors, linked by more than 2 miles of corridors.
The sale aligns with the MOD’s Footprint Strategy which aims to create a smaller but significantly better defence estate that will support our armed forces well into the future. The MOD has worked closely with the purchasers, Historic England and other government stakeholders throughout the process.
03/03/2016 11:47 by Buildington
The Ministry of Defence's Old War Office building is now surplus to requirements and will be sold in order to invest in Defence priorities.
The building will go on open market sale shortly following the appointment of suitable professional agents and is expected to attract significant interest from developers.
In 2014 MOD staff will move out of the Old War Office and all operations will transfer into MOD’s Main Building. This is part of the MOD-led drive to operate a more efficient estate.
Bringing MOD teams together into one building will save the taxpayer around £8 million a year in running costs and will also enable closer working and collaboration within the department. The sale also contributes to the wider Cabinet Office drive to operate a more efficient government estate, which has already helped departments to raise £1 billion by selling buildings and land no longer needed.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:
As a result of our work to make MOD leaner, more professional and more efficient, we are able to concentrate defence officials in London in a single building and sell the Old War Office.
Bringing MOD teams together into one building will save the taxpayer around £8 million a year in running costs as well as generating a capital receipt. It will also enable closer working and collaboration within the department.
The disposal of the Old War Office follows the announcement of the sale of the military facility in Old Brompton Road, London. The capital receipt from these sales will be invested in Defence priorities.
Source: Gov.uk www.gov.uk
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