Dower House – Whitehall
• Client: Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office
• Value: £2.5K – £350K
• Date: Various
The Scotland Office occupies Dover House on the West side of Whitehall
Dover House was built in 1755-58, by James Paine for Sir Matthew Featherstonhaugh. The house, then known as York House was enlarged for the Duke of York in 1787 by Henry Holland who provided a new porticoed forebuilding with entrance hall on the site of Paine’s forecourt.
The Duke of York then exchanged it within 5 years with Lord Melbourne for his house in Piccadilly now Albany.
After a few years as Melbourne House it was sold in 1830 to Mr Agar Ellis, later Baron Dover, and became Dover House. His family lived there for half a century until it was taken over for government use in 1888. The Scotland Office (formerly the Scottish Office) have been here since 1885.
Dover House was listed Grade I in 1970, which means that it is if national significance. It is arguable that its position on Whitehall gives it a measure of international significance.
IMS Building Solutions have worked on a multitude of various projects in previous years, most recently completing the fast track refurbishment of the 2 nd and 3 rd floors to accommodate a new government department which included the install of new server rooms, secure data, lighting and cooling.
Other recent projects have included but not limited too:
- Removal of document hoist, including obtaining LBC and Asbestos removal
- Refurbishment of 80’s bathrooms and kitchens to provide modern and aesthetically pleasing facilities
- Decorations to principle rooms
- Roof works and external repairs
- Overhaul of historical lead work to comply with latest L8 legislation