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The Old War Office




The Old War Office is a magnificent refurbishment of Winston Churchill’s headquarters during World War II.

The sensitive restoration of this Grade 2 historic building includes a 125-room world-class Raffles Hotel and 85 luxury residences, along with restaurants, exclusive bars, a Spa and a Wellness centre.

Referred to as London’s anticipated destination, this architectural landmark opens its doors to the public in Summer 2023.

RYNO’s involvement in the scheme included providing the paving and substructure to the Centre triangle Courtyard and the Penthouse Roof Terraces. The triangle Courtyard was finished with a RYNO Quadro porcelain range and supported on our TerraSmart® Rail system. The system uses a double lattice structure to provide superior support to the pavers even around the complex curves of the planters on the courtyard and penthouse terraces. The design and detailing of the build-ups from concept to completion have been brilliant, fully complementing the building’s magnificent heritage and unique character.

RYNO worked very closely with The Gardenists to ensure the rail layout and build-ups were designed to absolute perfection. Seeing is believing and as Calvin Dalrymple, Specification Manager at RYNO, testifies “to come to the site and see the results…, they really just speak for themselves. Knowing and understanding the coordination that’s gone into this whole project and now to see it looking so fantastic has really been a huge reward.

Home to Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George, the Old War Office was designed in a trapezium shape to maximise the use of the land in Whitehall. Of the 25 million bricks that make up the building, the first was laid in 1901: the building was completed in 1906. For all Bond fans out there, the building has featured in the background of many films: its first Bond appearance was in 1983.

Learn more about The Old War Office and hear what Calvin Dalrymple, Specification Manager at RYNO had to say about the project in the video below:

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