BDP has been appointed as architect and civil and structural engineer for the design and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building on Whitehall, London for the Department for Education (DfE). BDP will be working as part of a team led by Mace as project manager and with engineer Hoare Lea.
Architect director Tim Leach said: “We are delighted to be appointed for this very significant commission to refurbish one of Whitehall’s most impressive listed buildings, and we are looking forward to working closely with the wider team to produce a project which represents best value whilst also responding to the historic nature of the Old Admiralty Building.”
The programme of work will see the modernisation of 18,000 sqm of office space for over 1,600 staff, who are currently working in leasehold accommodation. The move is a direct result of the Cabinet Office’s programme to consolidate and modernise the government estate. The building is to be designed and refurbished to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating, and will represent good value for money.
Work is targeted to commence in late 2015, following a design procurement process, including liaison with Westminster City Council planning and English Heritage, with the project due for completion in 2017.