July 9, 2014
As a direct result of the Cabinet Office’s programme to consolidate and modernise the government estate, the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building is to be designed and refurbished for the Department for Education (DfE). Mace is to oversee the project, which will see the modernisation of 18,000 sq. metres of office space to provide space for over 1,600 staff, who are currently working in leasehold accommodation. Old Admiralty Building (OAB) is currently occupied by staff from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, who as part of the estate rationalisation strategy, will be consolidated into the Foreign Office’s King Charles Street Office in 2015. Refurbishment work is targeted to commence at the OAB late in 2015, following a design procurement process, including liaison with Westminster City Council planning and English Heritage, with the project due for completion in 2017.
Mace, with BDP as lead designer and Hoare Lea, will be working closely with the DfE to deliver the project and is providing a range of services including project management, CDM, cost consultancy, and full multi-disciplinary design services.
The building is to be designed and refurbished to achieve the BREEAM “Very Good” rating and offer value for money.
Mace Director, Philip Worley, said: “I’m delighted that Mace has been appointed to work with the Department for Education on this important project to refurbish Old Admiralty Building. Mace has extensive experience of estate rationalisation and office redevelopment in the public sector, we are looking forward to the challenge and will ensure the successful delivery of this modernisation programme.”