Government Offices Great George Street

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The Eastern end of Government Offices Great George St, from Parliament Square, Westminster

Government Offices Great George Street ('GOGGS') is a large UK government office building situated in Westminster between Horse Guards Road, Parliament Street, King Charles Street and Parliament Square.

Description[edit]

The building is occupied by HM Treasury, UK Export Finance and parts of the Cabinet Office at the Horse Guards Road end. This part of the building is known as 1 Horse Guards Road.

The headquarters of HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport occupy the Parliament Street end, referred to as 100 Parliament Street.

The basement houses the Churchill War Rooms, a branch of the Imperial War Museum.

GOGGS is a grade II* listed building,[1] meaning it is of "exceptional interest and of outstanding importance". It was described by the Victorian Society as an early monument of the Edwardian Baroque Revival.[2]

History[edit]

GOGGS was designed by John Brydon following a competition.[3] Construction took place in two phases: the West end was completed in 1908 and the East end was completed in 1917.[3] It was originally built as offices for Board of Education, the Local Government Board and the local Ministry of Works Office; HM Treasury moved into the building in 1940.[3] A major refurbishment of the building was completed under a PFI contract by Bovis Lend Lease in 2004.[4] Foster + Partners together with Feilden and Mawson were the architects for the refurbishment.

Recent appearances[edit]

An aerial shot of the building is used in the TV series Spooks to accompany a sub-title portraying it as the Home Office - therefore serving as stand-in to match the distinctly period appearance of the fictitious Home Office accommodation interiors the series uses, rather than the far more modern real Home Office headquarters at 2 Marsham Street.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′6″N 0°7′42″W / 51.50167°N 0.12833°W / 51.50167; -0.12833