Famous government London office known as the War Office set to be sold


The government is set to sell a famous London office building where the likes of Winston Churchill and David Lloyd-George once worked as secretaries of state for war.

It hopes to raise more than £100m for the sale of the Whitehall building – known as the War Office – as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, said: “As a result of our work to make the 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.”

Staff at the building will move across to the ministry main office building next year, with Mr Hammond predicting unifying all defence civil servant under one roof would save as much £8m a year in costs.

Work on the Edwardian building began in 1901 and was completed five years later. It was bombed eight times during the Second World War.

As well as being home to secretaries of state including Lord Kitchener and Winston Churchill, Lawrence of Arabia was once employed there to create maps of the Sinai region using knowledge he had built of the region during his earlier travels.

As it features more than 1,000 rooms and is in a prime central London location, it is expected the iconic building may be turned into a hotel or a residential development with some office space.

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