The Tour of the FCO shows a selection of the restored areas of the building designed as 'a kind of national palace or drawing room for the nation'.
Read about the historical background of the FCO buildings, including a chronology and tour of a special set of murals by Sigismund Goetze.
The Overseas Estate pages showcase some of the new FCO buildings abroad, which incorporate stunning architecture and present a modern face of the UK.
The Lancaster House pages give a guided tour of a house which has 'entertained more heads of state, politicians and celebrities than any other in London'.
Foreign Secretaries in History provides a list of Foreign Secretaries from 1782 to the present day.
The FCO Historians publish History Notes and other historical texts on these pages.
The FCO Estate: A Plan for Action
When the Prime Minister launched the Better Public Buildings initiative in November 2000 he urged ministers and departments across government to work towards achieving a step change in the quality of building design in the public sector. Ministerial Design Champions were tasked with overseeing the production of departmental action plans that would set out how design quality could be improved in their departments. They were to ensure that procedures were in place to encourage the achievement of high design quality and that sufficient resources were allocated to ensure its delivery.
The following document is the FCO's 'Plan for Action' in response to those initiatives. It describes how our estate, both at home and overseas, is looked after and developed and how we propose to maintain the high level of design quality that has been achieved in our most recent new buildings.
|The FCO Estate: A Plan for Action (PDF, 940K)|