In 2012, the House of Lords House Committee and the House of Commons Commission appointed a Study Group to examine all the options for the essential refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, including a possible temporary relocation of Parliament. The report was published on 30 October 2012.
The report indicated that, unless significant conservation work is undertaken, major, irreversible damage may be done. In order to protect the heritage of the Palace for future generations and ensure it can continue as home of the UK Parliament, both Houses agreed that doing nothing was not an option. Authorities of both Houses also affirmed their belief that the Palace should remain the long-term home of the UK Parliament and ruled out the option for a permanent move to another building.
Following consideration of the 2012 study, both Houses agreed to commission an independent options appraisal to investigate the costs and a range of options for the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster. In December 2013, the contract was awarded to a consortium led by Deloitte Real Estate, AECOM, and HOK.
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