Work started on the reconstruction of No. 10 Downing Street, Aug 2, official residence of the Prime Minister, in London.
Work started on the reconstruction of No. 10 Downing Street, Aug 2, official residence of the Prime Minister, in London. It was built in the 17th century. At present workmen are still removing office and residential furniture from the residence and the two houses next to it, Nos. 11, and 12, which are the official residences of Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Government Whips. They also will be reconstructed.
It is expected that the reconstruction will take two years to complete at a cost of GBP1/2-million. A further GBP3/4-million will be needed to restore the Old Treasury building which stands on the corner of Downing Street and Whitehall. The Old Treasury suffered considerable damage from bombs, during World War II.
Great care is being taken by architect Raymond Erith - who is in charge of the work - to retain the features of historic or architectural importance, in all of the buildings. His proposals are mainly directed at providing more space, strengthening the walls and tidying up the additions which have been made over the past century. As far as possible the houses will keep their present external appearance.
While the work is being carried out the Premier and his staff, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Government Whips, will move to accommodation in Admiralty House - part of the Admiralty building in Whitehall.