£50m refurb to start at Old Admiralty Building

Willmott Dixon has won a £50m refurbishment deal at the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building in Horseguards Parade.

BAM was originally handed the pre-construction services job in 2015 to fit-out a new home for The Department for Education.

But both sides were unable to agree a main construction deal and the project stalled.

Now Willmott Dixon has stepped-in via Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.

The Department for Education Commercial Director and EFSA Director of Capital, Mike Green, said “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 for Willmott Dixon Interiors, said “We are 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 who are familiar with the security, logistical and technical challenges that working on high profile London projects provide.”

Willmott Dixon will 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.