Old Admiralty Building

Willmott Dixon selected to refurbish listed London building

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to refurbish the Old Admiralty Building in Horse Guards Parade to create the new home for the Department for Education (DfE).

Willmott Dixon Interiors was selected via Scape Group’s national major works framework.

The construction and property services company will be responsible for transforming 23,000 sq metres of space at the Grade II-listed building into a modern, working environment.

This will include installing new mechanical ventilation and environmental controls, as well as future proofing the space for government offices.

The building is one of Whitehall Estate’s most recognisable landmarks and is the backdrop to the annual Trooping the Colour.

Mike Hart, chief operating officer for Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “We are excited about being tasked with such an important contract and we’ll work to ensure the refurbishment is complete so that the DfE can move into their new home in autumn 2018.

“It will be delivered by an experienced team who are familiar with the security, logistical and technical challenges that working on high-profile London projects provide.”

At the same time as refurbishing the Old Admiralty Building, Willmott is also rejuvenating the Grade II-listed building Alexandra Palace.

The Department for Education commercial director and EFSA director of capital, Mike Green, said: “The Old Admiralty Building is important for government as a large and strategically placed freehold.

“By renovating and upgrading the building, we are maximising the value of this important heritage asset and providing a good home for the department.”

Last year, the developer transformed the Grade II-listed Commonwealth Institute in Kensington into the new home for the Design Museum.

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