Old War Office up for sale
The MOD has announced that it is to sell the Old War Office building in Whitehall
The building which currently houses MOD staff is to go up for sale on the open market.
Staff will move out of the building in 2014, as part of measures to cut the department’s costs. In a statement they claim that the move will save £8 million a year in running costs.
The Old War Office was built in 1902, by Clyde Young, after he took over from his father William Young, who had originally designed the building but died two years into its construction.
The building was a focal point for military planning throughout the major conflicts of the 20th century, and figures along the roof of the building symbolise peace, war, truth, justice, fame and victory.
Defence secretary Philip Hammond said: ‘As a result of our work to make MOD leaner, more professional and more efficient, we are able to concentrate defence officials in London in a single building and sell the Old War Office.
‘Bringing MOD teams together into one building will save the taxpayer around £8 million a year in running costs as well as generating a capital receipt. It will also enable closer working and collaboration within the department’.