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Gove seeks architect for new HQ

Education minister Michael Gove is seeking a design team for his department’s new headquarters inside Whitehall’s Grade II-listed Old Admiralty Building

The Department for Education (DfE) is relocating to the Royal Navy’s former London headquarters in a bid to trim £8.5 million from its annual budget.

An integrated project management and design team is sought for the redevelopment which will allow DfE to relocate from leased premises to the freehold building.  

Gove said: ‘By moving into the Old Admiralty Building we will be saving the taxpayer millions and freeing up money that was being spent on rent so it can be reinvested back into the department’s budget.’

He added: ‘This decision makes sense financially and shows how the government is getting the most benefit possible for every square metre of property we own and every pound of taxpayers’ money we spend.’

The 18,000m² project will transform the prestigious eighteenth century complex into a base for 1,600 civil servants by 2017. The redevelopment is expected to double the number of wokstations inside the admiralty and allow public access to the historic building.

According to the tender, the new headquarters must achieve a BREEAM very good rating and be a ‘class leading facility that is not overly elaborate and which offers demonstrable value for money.’

The contract is worth up to £5 million and expected to run for 47 months.

The winning team will finalise RIBA Stage C before developing the project up to RIBA Stage L. The design team will be novated  to the contractor once design work is complete and a contractor appointed. The project manager will meanwhile remain on the client side to monitor the project through to completion.

The move is part of the government’s on-going consolidation of its estate which has so far raised £1 billion from projects including Blair Associates’ transformation of nearby Admiralty Arch into a hotel.

The department requires an acknowledgement form to be returned by 7 April. The deadline for requests to participate is 9 May.


Contact details

Alf Richards
GVA Second London Wall, 80 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6EE, United Kingdom
Department for Education (DFE), c/o GVA Second London Wall
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street
Tel: +44 2079112925
Fax: +44 2079112846 and






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