Dover House – Whitehall

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Dower House – Whitehall

Scotland Office

Client: Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office
Value: £2.5K – £350K
Date: Various

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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

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