Firm will overhaul interior of the building for the Department of Education

Willmott Dixon has won the contract to refurbish the Grade II-listed Old Admiralty Building in Horseguards Parade into the new home for The Department for Education (DfE).

Procured under Scape Group’s National Major Works framework, the firm will work on the building’s 23,000m² interior and upgrade its services to introduce new mechanical ventilation and environmental controls.

DfE Commercial Director and EFSA director of capital, Mike Green, said the renovation and upgrade of the building would mean “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, which is handling the project, 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.” 

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance one of the Whitehall Estate’s most recognisable landmarks through our National Major Works framework.

“Not only will our framework ensure great value and efficiency for the tax payer, but it will also deliver significant levels of local economic engagement for the surrounding area.”