Architectural and Engineering Works Department
Architectural and Engineering Works Department
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Preceded by Department of the Surveyor of Buildings
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1837
Abolished 1919
Headquarters Whitehall London, England
Head Director of Architectural & Engineering Naval Works
Role Management of Civil Engineering Works
Affiliations Royal Navy
Parent Department Civil Lord of the Admiralty
Succeeded by Civil Engineer-in-Chief's Department

The Architectural and Engineering Works Department also known as the Department of the Director of Engineering and Architectural Works was the main civil engineering department of the Department of Admiralty responsible constructing, and maintaining naval buildings, dockyards, ports and managing civil engineering staff from 1837 to 1919 it was superseded by the Civil Engineer-in-Chief's Department.

1) History

A specific post with responsibility for the navies expanding civil works programs led to the creation of an Inspector-General of Naval Works in 1796 who's managed civil engineering works in the dockyards under the supervision of the Navy Board. In 1813 the department was renamed to Department of the Surveyor of Buildings administered by the Surveyor of Buildings. Following the abolition of the Navy Board the department was placed under Admiralty control. In 1837 the department, it was renamed the Architectural and Engineering Works Department under a then new Director of Works responsible to the Civil Lord Civil Lord of the Admiralty who managed the Royal Navy's buildings and works departments and land estates. . In 1919 the department was renamed the Civil Engineer in Chief's Department. In January 1960 it became the Navy Works Department under a Director-General, Navy Works. In April 1963 the department ceased to exist when responsibility for building and civil engineering works for the armed services was transferred to the Ministry of Public Building and Works, later Department of the Environment.

2) Head of Department

2.1) Civil Architect

Incomplete list of post holders included:

  1. Mr. G. L. Taylor Esq. (1837-1837)

2.2) Superintendent of Works, Buildings, and Machinery

Incomplete list of post holders included:

  1. Captain H. R. Brandreth, RE. (1840-1844)

2.3) Director of Architectural and Engineering Naval Works

Incomplete list of post holders included:

  1. Captain H. R. Brandreth, RE. (1845-1847)

2.4) Director of Engineering and Architectural Works

  1. Lieutenant- Colonel Archibald Irvine, C.B. (1847-1848)
  2. Lieutenant- Colonel Godfrey Thomas Green E.I.C.S. (1848-1852)

3) Sources

  1. Admiralty, Great Britain, (December 1847), 'The Navy List, Civil Service', p. 236.
  2. Admiralty, Great Britain, (December 1848), 'The Navy List, Civil Service', p. 172.
  3. Admiralty, Great Britain, (December 1852), 'The Navy List, Civil Service', p. 184.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architectural_and_Engineering_Works_Department

4) Attribution

  1. Flag of the Board of Admiralty by Martin Grieve at crwflags.com: https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/gb-lha.html
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