Ardmore wins £460m contract to restore prestigious Old War Office

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Ardmore Group has been awarded a £460m construction contract to restore and convert the Old War Office site in Whitehall

The Old War Office building was formerly used by the Ministry of Defence and was acquired in 2016 by the Hinduja Group and Obrascón Huarte Lain Desarrollos.

The contract involves the restoration of the Grade II* listed historic building. it will include a 125 room, world-class Raffles hotel, and 85 luxury residences which range in size from studios up to 5 bedroom apartments.

Completed in 1906, the Old War Office served many political and military leaders including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener and Herbert Asquith.

The 760,000 sq ft development demonstrates Ardmore’s growing track record in delivering high profile, sustainable developments for clients.

The restoration of the Old War Office will create an estimated 2,500 jobs, and 100 apprenticeships for young people in areas including construction, plumbing, electrical and carpentry.

Cormac Byrne, managing director of Ardmore, said: “We are delighted to have been selected from amongst other London contractors to undertake the restoration and renovation of The Old War Office. We share the vision of the building’s owners to breathe new life into it and create a very special legacy for generations to come.

“The redevelopment will bring back into use a much-loved building in the heart of London and represents a huge vote of trust in the professionalism and skill of all our colleagues at Ardmore. 

“Ardmore continues to go from strength to strength and is looking forward to working on more major developments across the capital.”


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