Richmond House

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Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London

Richmond House was until 2017 the headquarters building of the Department of Health and Social Care of the United Kingdom at 79 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2NS. It is where the ministerial team and key National Health Service officials was based until November 2017.[1] The building is located behind New Scotland Yard and across Richmond Terrace from the Ministry of Defence.

In August 2016, a leaked report published by The Times indicated that Richmond House would be used as a temporary alternative to the Houses of Parliament while the building is vacated whilst undergoing a series of structural and engineering upgrades and refurbishments.[2] The report indicates that all Parliamentary and Ministerial Offices will be temporarily moved during the redevelopment, with the possibility of a makeshift chamber resembling that of the House of Commons also being created. In January 2018, the House of Commons voted to move to Richmond House in 2025 for an estimated six years.[3]

The design was by Whitfield Partners and was completed in 1987.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Office Locations: Department of Health". Department of Health. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "MPs fear renovations move will come with a ban on drinking". The Times. 29 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "MPs set to leave Houses of Parliament for £3.5bn restoration". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Great walks around London: Westminster and Whitehall". The Telegraph. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sir William Whitfield". Oxford Index. OUP. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 0°07′33″W / 51.50302°N 0.12592°W / 51.50302; -0.12592