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Ministry of Defence Old War Office Building, view from Horse Guards Avenue.

Ministry of Defence Old War Office Building, view from Horse Guards Avenue.

April 2012
Monument to the Gurkha Soldier in Horse Guards Avenue

Monument to the Gurkha Soldier in Horse Guards Avenue

April 2012
Old War Office Building. Whitehall Court side

Old War Office Building. Whitehall Court side

April 2012
Old War Office Building. Whitehall Court

Old War Office Building. Whitehall Court

April 2012
Old War Office Building window on street level.

Old War Office Building window on street level.

April 2012
Old War Office Building nameboard.

Old War Office Building nameboard.

July 15, 2012

Old War Office Building

Address:
57 Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB
Type:
Residential
Completion:
Forthcoming 2018
Area:
54,000m2
Flats:
86
Viewed:
11495

Description of Old War Office Building

The Old War Office Building is a Grade II* listed building in Whitehall, London SW1.

The building will be converted into a luxury Raffles Hotel and private residences.

The Grade II* Listed Old War Office Building was completed in 1906 and contains around 1,100 rooms across 7 floors, linked by more than 2 miles of corridors. It was home for the Imperial General Staff and was central to operations. The building was a focal point for military planning throughout the major conflicts of the 20th century, housing numerous secretaries of state, including Sir Winston Churchill.

History

2017 February - Conditional planning permission granted for application ref no 16/09548/FULL.

2016 October - Planning application submitted for:
Alterations to the existing building including the creation of new pedestrian and vehicular entrances; alterations to bottle balustrades and parapets; extensions to create three additional storeys at fifth, sixth and seventh floors; extension of the existing basement to create two additional basement storeys; partial demolition and reconstruction of the central wing; demolition, relocation and reconstruction of the facades comprising the Triangular Courtyard incorporating extensions to the existing building at ground to fourth floors; external alterations to the facades comprising the Quadrangle including the creation of new pedestrian entrances; landscaping works to the Quadrangle and Triangular Courtyard; creation of external terraces at fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh floor levels; addition of entrance canopies; alterations to security walls and bollards and the removal and replacement of street trees; all in connection with the change of use of the building from offices (Class B1) to a hotel (Class C1) comprising up to 125 hotel bedrooms/suites with flexible hotel/retail/restaurant/bar use at part ground floor (Class C1/A1/A3/A4), flexible hotel/restaurant use at part lower ground, part ground and part second floors (Class C1/A3); flexible hotel/bar use at part fifth and part sixth floors (Class C1/A4); flexible retail, leisure, restaurant or bar use at part ground floor (Class A1/D2/C1/A3/A4), leisure/spa facilities within the basement levels and part of the lower ground floor (Class D2/C1) ancillary ballroom, event space and meeting rooms, food and beverage facilities, back of house facilities and associated car and cycle parking and servicing facilities; together with the creation of up to 88 residential dwellings (Class C3) with ancillary communal amenities, associated car and cycle parking and servicing facilities, and other associated works. Westminster City Council ref no: 16/09548/FULL.

2016 March 2 - Hinduja Group, brothers Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, in partnership with a Spanish industrial company Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos, acquired the building in excess of £350 million following a competitive marketing process.[1]

References:
1. gov.uk 2016

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Buildington
2017/11/21 08:30

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.

Buildington
2017/02/14 14:39

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.

Buildington
2016/03/03 11:47

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.

Buildington
2013/08/22 13:10

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

Buildington
2012/04/19 20:07

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