The Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect and preserve the heritage of the Palace of Westminster and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century and beyond.
The 1,100-room Palace dates from the mid-1800s and is now one of the most iconic and significant buildings in the world. The previous building was devastated by fire in 1834 but the oldest part of the Parliamentary Estate, Westminster Hall, built in 1099, survived and is still in use today. The Palace is now a Grade I listed building and, with Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church, forms part of the UNESCO Westminster World Heritage Site.
Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster
A Joint Select Committee on the Palace of Westminster was appointed in July 2015 to consider an independent options appraisal and make recommendations on a preferred way forward for the restoration and renewal of the building. The Joint Committee published its recommendations on 8 September 2016. Both Houses will now need to consider the main recommendations of the Committee report and agree on a preferred way forward. Find out more about the Joint Committee on the UK Parliament website.
Major programme of works to Palace of Westminster is essential and progress is urgent to minimise costs and risks
08 September 2016
In a report published today, the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster has concluded that the Palace of Westminster ‘faces an impending crisis which we cannot responsibly ignore’. There is a substantial and growing risk of either a sin...
27 July 2015
A Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster has been appointed to review and report on the Independent Options Appraisal.
The Committee membership consists of
- Chris Bryant MP
- Lord Carter of Coles
- Lord Deighton...
18 June 2015
An Independent Options Appraisal (IOA) for the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster has today been published by a team of independent, external experts led by Deloitte Real Estate and including AECOM and HOK.
In 2012 th...
17 December 2014
Work to support the planning and design process for the Programme begins.
In a Written Statement to both Houses, the House of Commons Commission Spokesman, John Thurso MP and Lord Sewel, Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, an...
17 December 2013
Options appraisal contract awarded. The contract for an independent assessment of options to take forward a Restoration and Renewal Programme for the Palace of Westminster has been announced.
The team, made up of a number of specialist...
19 August 2013
The process for appointing an external team to carry out an independent costed appraisal of the approaches to the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster progressed further today with the issue of the formal Invitation to Tender ...
28 May 2013
The procurement of an independent appraisal of the approaches to the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster began on 16 May, with the issue of a Contract Notice and Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) to potential bidders.
25 April 2013
In October 2012, following consideration of a report on the condition of the fabric of the Palace, the House of Commons Commission and the House Committee of the House of Lords agreed to commission a comprehensive, independent assessment, inc...