DfE civil servants will transfer to the historic Old Admiralty Building, currently occupied by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), in 2017.
The programme of work will see the modernisation of 18,000 square metres of office space to provide the 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.
Mace is providing project management, CDM, cost consultancy and full multi-disciplinary design services under a £3-5m contract. BDP is lead designer and M&E consultant is Hoare Lea. The building is to be designed and refurbished to achieve the BREEAM ‘very good’ rating.
FCO staff will be consolidated into the Foreign Office’s King Charles Street Office in 2015 as part of the estate rationalisation strategy. Refurbishment work is targeted to start at the Old Admiralty Building in Horse Guards Parade 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 director Philip Worley said: “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.”