§ Mr. Molson
asked the Minister of Works whether he will now give particulars of the programme of office building requiring 2½ million square feet in central London and 3 million in the suburbs; and for which Government Departments the buildings will be required.
§ Mr. Key
The programme of office building in Central London (2½ million square feet) is made up as follows:—
1.Permanent Crown Buildings. Square Feet. Whitehall Gardens (First Part) 270,000 3–8a, Whitehall Place 64,000 334,000 2. Buildings to be taken on Lease. Lacon House, Theobalds Road 142,000 Belfort House 106,000 St. George's House, New Oxford street 105,000 Building in Rockey Road, Shepherds Bush 119,000 St. Anselm's House, Davies Street 69,000 Clive House, Petty France 81,000 11–12, Buckingham Gale 10,000 77–91, New Oxford Street 86,000 4–5, Princes Gale 26,000 5–11, Lower Regent Street 28,000 Civic House, Kensington 300,000 151, Shaftesbury Avenue 33,000 45–50. Holborn Viaduct. 129,000 1,234,000 Total in hand or about to start 1,568,000 Further area required 932,000 2,500,000
The programme in Outer London (3 million Square Feet) is as follows:—
1. Temporary Buildings. Square Feet. Victoria Road, Ruislip 110,000 Brockley Hill, Stanmore 43,600 Brockley Hill, Stanmore 112,000 Lime Grove, Eastcote 45,400 Honeypot Lane, Canons Park 72,400 Tolcarne Drive, Northwood Hills 40,000 Leatherhead Road, Chessington 36,500 Barwell Court, Chessington 178,500 Kingston-by-Pass, Hinchley Wood 20,000 Manor Road, Hinchley Wood 127,000 Kidbrooke 101,000 West Kent Golf Course, Bromley 85,000 Kingston-by-Pass, Tolworth 77,000 Chapel Farm Road, Mottingham 64,000 1,112,400 2. Buildings to be taken on lease. Charteris Road and Snakes Lane Woodford 11,000 Brook Green Road. Hammersmith 47,000 58,000 Total in hand or about to start 1,170,400 Further area required 1,829,600 3,000,000
Whitehall Gardens will be occupied by the Board of Trade and the Air Ministry and 3–8, Whitehall Place by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. I cannot specify the Departments for which the rest of the buildings will be required but this programme, which is designed to enable me to release requisitioned premises, will affect most Departments.