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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’.

Readers' comments (1)

  • If I may muse/confess for a moment on something that I'd have picked up on - moons ago - had my diploma thesis been more on architectural history rather than architecture.

    [My diploma ‘special subject’ was incidentally the other way round, more historically based, but not to worry. You can’t do too much in a two year Diploma!]

    Here goes:

    It strikes me that this 1901/06 work by Young may have influenced how Sir JJ Burnet had seen the future development of his Clyde Navigation Trust building after its 2nd phase in 1905/08. It’s too uncanny to dismiss in terms of the timing; the trapezoidal site; and the chosen style, which Burnet would have felt - could easily be harmonised with the 1882/86 1st phase, which had instead anticipated a campanile to mark the subsequent phase twenty years later.

    I trust there's few like examples of this kind of play on UK Beaux Arts works, which are more likely to be orthogonal in plan. Do let me know of any others worth note, any budding historians among you!

    You learn something new every day, thanks AJ!

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