Select Committee on Defence First Special Report


Memorandum from the Ministry of Defence concerning Main Building redevelopment (5 May 2000)

  You will be aware of the Public Private Partnership project to redevelop the Ministry of Defence's headquarters buildings in Whitehall. Following extensive negotiations with the preferred bidder my officials have today concluded the deal with the consortium Modus Services plc to redevelop the Grade I listed Main Building and manage and maintain it and the adjacent Old War Office for a period of 30 years.

  The contract covers not just the modernisation of Main Building but also the works to the other buildings needed to accommodate staff whilst refurbishment is underway. The redevelopment will assist us to dispose of five central London buildings and concentrate our activities in the Main Building and the Old War Office. It is long overdue; the building has been little altered since it was built in the 1950s and falls well short of normal office standards. It will, however, be functional and fit-for-purpose with no gold-plating, and will give us a modern and flexible work environment in which we can make best use of up-to-date business practices and technology.

  We will be announcing this outcome in a Press Release today.

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