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Transforming a London landmark into the DfE's new head office


  • Our heritage specialists are transforming historic landmark
  • Becomes new office for Department for Education in 2018
  • Fast-track programme by our Interiors team
  • Underlines skills for working in busy city locations
  • Continues work on heritage buildings following Alexandra Palace

The world famous grade II listed Old Admiralty Building will be transformed into the new home for The Department for Education (DfE), providing office space for 1,120 people.

Procured under Scape Group’s National Major Works framework, we have combined our construction and interiors specialists to deliver the project. It follows our recent transformation of the Grade II listed Commonwealth Institute in Kensington into the new home for the Design Museum.
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Most recently occupied by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Old Admiralty Building has housed some of the most famous figures in history, including former Prime Minister Winston Churchill when he was First Lord of the Admiralty, and James Bond author - and former naval intelligence officer - Ian Fleming, whose renowned ‘Room 39’ was located inside the walls during World War II.

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The project will see our team transform 23,000 m² of space at the Old Admiralty into a modern working environment, including upgrading the building services to introduce new mechanical ventilation and environmental controls, plus future proofing space for government offices in the long-term.

The building, which is the backdrop to the annual Trooping the Colour, once completed will allow the DfE to relocate from Sanctuary Buildings in Great Smith Street, a reorganisation of the Government estate that will save the taxpayer significant costs.

The Department for Education commercial director and EFSA director of capital, Mike Green:

“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.”

Mike Hart, chief operating officer at Willmott Dixon Interiors: “We're 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 familiar with the security, logistical and technical challenges of working on high profile London projects.”