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MoD Main Building Redevelopment

Our collaborative work on the MoD Main Building won the coveted Service Sector award at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW).





Project value

£2,400m (Original construction cost)

The project

The Ministry of Defence main building was designed by neo-classical architect Vincent Harris in 1915 and built between 1939 and 1959. It was built on the site of Whitehall Palace, London, which was the residence of Elizabeth I and James I before it was destroyed by fire in 1698. The wine cellar of Henry VIII remains in the sub-basement level. The building contains five Georgian rooms that are re-used from houses that were on the original site. The MOD building is a historical and significant London landmark and a Grade I listed building.


An extract from one of the many NAO audits carried out on the project: ‘’MOD and Modus have agreed a common goal ‘to work together and develop a strategy that delivers on time, an environment that will satisfy the majority of users and one where the operational functions are optimum’. All parties recognise that an open and trusting relationship is essential to the successful delivery of the project’’.

Vercity on behalf of MODUS, provides the management to the project and has done for 20+ years. In working with the MOD in setting the priorities and objectives of the redevelopment and the nature and scope of the services, we’re able to lead and manage the two key providers and ensure contractual compliance and exemplar service delivery. Our experienced site-based team deliver the project and where required, expand the team resources and capabilities to meet additional demands. 

The project has been a centre for learning and innovation and working with UCL and all parties has seen six PhD’s achieved. These include sustainability, condition base maintenance, obsolescence and BIM. The project also hosts practical experience for RSME students. By sharing expertise across our portfolio, the MoD benefits from over two decades of learning. With our extensive knowledge of the defence sector, we’re able to adapt our processes, systems, and personnel to continually meet the MOD’s requirements.



In addition to systems and processes being compliant with ISO 9001 and 55001 for asset management. Our award-winning, collaborative work on the project creates a positive impact for all parties involved the MOD see evidential benefits form this way of working the key providers see the tangible benefits and so do the investors. Through open collaboration and proactive management, MoD’s risks are identified and managed to ensure conduct of business is maintained.

The result

The MOD Main Building team won the coveted Service Sector award at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW). While a small representation of the shortlisted companies was present, over 150 joined the awards online from around the world. The event was sponsored by BSI and was hosted by Lord Evans, the Chairman of the ICW. The award recognises the enterprising approach that the MOD’s DIO, Modus Services, Skanska and Amey have adopted to support the present demand on the Building. It also recognises the service changes required to support a fully functional facility in the midst of COVID-19.

Project impact

The enterprise has benefited from the support of ICW and from BSI in developing the four-way partnership and developing new joint systems and ways of working. This has manifested in delivering rapid and wide-ranging change to the main building during the most challenging of years. To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the lifting of the ban on LGBT personnel joining the armed forces, the Ministry of Defence Head Office was lit in Rainbow colours. Vercity staff at Modus created and installed the lighting solution on behalf of the MOD and were proud to be a part of the occasion.

‘‘This afternoon, at the Institute of Collaborative Work Annual awards ceremony (held in line with COVID restrictions at the Lansdown Club), Jon Brazier received on our collective behalf the Award for the Best in Service Sector. So, our congratulations to MOD DIO, Amey, Skanska and Vercity teams. Our thanks to all those reading this as it was a truly team achievement. Please pass on our thanks to the many who have contributed to this achievement and raise a glass to celebrate.’’

Paul Francis, Managing Director: Major Projects, Vercity

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