NRI group acquires UK's Old War Office building

The Hinduja Group, headed by S P Hinduja, Chairman and G P Hinduja, Co-Chairman, in partnership with Spanish industrial company Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) has acquired UK's iconic Old War Office building that was once occupied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The building at 57 Whitehall in central London will now be restored and developed into a five star hotel and residential apartments, and will feature a series of private function rooms as well as a spa and fitness facility. Britain's Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Hinduja Group and OHLD, who's main shareholder is Grupo Villar Mir, have successfully acquired the Old War Office, a property marketed as 57 Whitehall, that was sold on a 250-year lease arrangement for an undisclosed sum following a competitive marketing process. Once the office of Churchill, the building was constructed in the years between the start of the 20th century and the outbreak of the First World War. As the historical and social importance of the building cannot be estimated both strategic partners will use their considerable experience in the redevelopment of heritage properties, and work closely with English heritage and restoration experts to ensure the building is accorded the respect it deserves.