Extracted from the Old War Office, an iconic landmark in London, it will soon get a new custodian, who will have the privilege of walking on floors that have been part of key events in British history.
The Old War Office, a neo-baroque building in Whitehall, was responsible for the administration of the British military during the major conflicts of the 20th century. Lord Kitchener and David Lloyd George had their offices here as did Sir Winston Churchill who helped mastermind Hitler’s demise in its rooms and corridors.
The construction of the Grade II listed building took 5 years to complete and served as a War Office from 1906 until 1964. After 1964 the building continued to be used by the Ministry of Defence, who referred to the building as the “Old War Office”. In 2014 the Old War Office was sold to Hinduja Group, with plans to redevelop the building into a five-star luxury hotel and 88 high-end apartments. With the development underway, we became the custodians of the wood, which we will craft into engineered planks, of varying widths and lengths.
The restoration process of this Columbian Pine was meticulous and our artisans took extra care in ensuring that this reclaimed wood, with such great historical importance, was never dishonoured. Utilising the timeless combination of beautiful old wood and meticulous craftsmanship we have crafted War Office Pine, an engineered reclaimed wood floor that embraces timeless elegance.
This wood has a tight grain and deep mellow tones, having originally grown in old growth forests in British Colombia. Not only do these planks represent the ultimate in sustainable flooring, their compelling history is ready to begin a new chapter at the hands of the next owner.