Ardmore bags contract to transform iconic Old War Office into luxury hotel
October 15, 2019 – London-based construction firm Ardmore has secured a contract to transform the Old War Office in Whitehall into a new five-star luxury hotel.
The historic building was earlier used by the Ministry of Defence and was purchased by Indian conglomerate Hinduja Group and Spanish construction group Obrascón Huarte Lain Desarrollos in 2016.
Under the contract, the family-owned company will convert the Grade II listed iconic building into a 125-room Raffles hotel and 85 apartments range in size from studios up to five-bedroom.
The 760,000ft² property, which was completed in 1906, has served as the office of many political and military leaders including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener and Herbert Asquith.
Ardmore managing director Cormac Byrne 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.”
The restoration of the Old War Office will generate around 2,500 jobs, and offering up to 100 apprenticeships for youngsters in fields such as construction, plumbing, electrical and carpentry.
Ardmore was selected as the contractor for the project following a competitive tender process. The development demonstrates the company’s increasing track record in providing extraordinary sustainable developments for its clients.
Recently, the construction company has bagged high-profile contracts, which includes Southwark Fire Station, Greenwich’s Design District, Hornsey Town Hall and Queen’s Square.
Ardmore claims to have built some of the best hotels across the globe, including the Corinthia, The FourSeasons at Ten Trinity Square and the Ned.