The Home Office

The Home Office

London, United Kingdom

The Home Office included in tourist visits

If guided tours started stopping by here, just as they do at Westminster Abbey, it is because the British are intensely proud of their new ministry: its resolutely innovative architecture has won it several prizes, including the Mipim Award in 2006.

Completely new and in the very centre of London (between Downing Street and Pimlico station), the 75,000 m² building houses the entire ministry, previously scattered over six separate sites. A mini-revolution. Less expensive than renovating the different premises, this solution was put forward by Bouygues itself. To this end, three old tower blocks close to Big Ben (known as the Three Ugly Sisters) and several bunkers buried underground were destroyed: it was the largest demolition site in a European city centre. Today, 3,500 civil servants use the premises and 200 employees are responsible for operating the premises. 

Environmental distinctions

Famous and… award-winning. Designed by Sir Terry Farrell, the interior designers DEGW and artist Liam Gillick, the building was awarded an 'excellent' BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating and a RIBA Award for its energy performance.

Key data
  • Product line: Offices
  • Main Contractor: Bouygues UK
  • Handover: 2005
  • Architect: Terry Farrell and Partners
  • Client: Etat britannique
  • Key figures:
    • 75,000 m²
    • 34 months construction works
    • 200 employees responsible for operation
    • Capacity of 3,500 people