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.

The design was by William Whitfield and was completed in 1987.[2][3]

In January 2018, the House of Commons voted to move to Richmond House in 2025, for an estimated six years, to allow a full renovation of the Houses of Parliament.[4] Plans revealed in October 2018 indicated that most of the building would be demolished in preparation for this move, with only the facade retained in front of a new building designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and containing a permanent chamber and offices.[5]


  1. ^ "Office Locations: Department of Health". Department of Health. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Great walks around London: Westminster and Whitehall". The Telegraph. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Sir William Whitfield". Oxford Index. OUP. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  4. ^ "MPs set to leave Houses of Parliament for £3.5bn restoration". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Listed Whitehall building falls victim to parliament move". The Times. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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