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PFI schemes hold key tofate of Marsham Street

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The fate of Whitehall's infamous Marsham Street building hinges on other government pfi projects going ahead, the Cabinet Office has said. The offices, built in 1971 to a design by Eric Bedford with Robert Atkinson & Partners, will be knocked down if other refurbishment schemes for the mod and Home Office fall through. 'No decision will be made until the summer,' the office said. 'If the pfi projects go ahead, staff from the two ministries will decamp to Marsham Street while work goes ahead on their buildings - in which case the building could not be demolished until 2003 or 2004 at the latest.'

Some detr staff are still waiting to move to the Eland House hq. Marsham Street will then be handed over to the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate. If the pfi schemes go ahead, successful bidders will be chosen this autumn, and staff will move in next spring.

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