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 to the designs of EPR Architects. The transformed building will comprise 125 guest rooms and 88 apartments.
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.
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. gov.uk 2016