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Old Admiralty Building


Location Client Completion
Westminster, London, UK Department for Education April 2017

Project details

BDP achieved planning and listed building consents for extensive refurbishment works to one of Whitehall’s most impressive buildings, the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building on Horse Guards Parade. 

The project for the Department of Education required extensive engagement with Historic England, with discussions focussing on the history and significance of the building which includes offices once occupied by Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming. The project sought to strike a balance between the user requirements of a government department and the protection of the historic significance of the building.

The planning approach involved extensive consultation with Westminster City Council planning and conservation officers, and planning permission was granted in July 2015.


  • grade II listed building within a conservation area
  • extensive pre-application consultative process with Historic England


  • planning and listed building consent

Integrated services

planning, architecture