Allies and Morrison has won a limited competition, run by Mace Group, to remodel the old Home Office courtyard of the Foreign and Commonwealth office main building in Whitehall, London.

The architect proposes a five-storey pavilion that also forms the support for the glazed enclosure of the courtyard. It will provide a cafe, meeting places and ‘a new focus for the organisation’. It will also allow the complete restoration of the original courtyard facades.

The project includes the refurbishment of the associated office space and will start on site in September this year, completing by the end of 2010.

Allies & Morrison beat other architecture firms including Fielden Clegg Bradley, Fielden Mawson and HOK.