28 May 2013

Procurement process begins

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.

Responses are required by 12.00pm on 14 June, bidders can view the Contract Notice online.

The successful bidder will be tasked with examining the costs, benefits, risks and general feasibility of three possible approaches to the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace, which are:

  • continuing repairs and replacement of the fabric and systems¬†of the Palace over an indefinite period of time
  • a defined, rolling programme of more substantial repairs and replacement over a long period, but still working around continued use of the Palace
  • scheduling the works over a more concentrated period with parliamentary activities moved elsewhere¬†to allow unrestricted access to the Palace for the delivery of the works.

Alongside the procurement exercise, work continues to collate information on the condition of the Palace and to specify technical requirements for the future renewal of fabric and systems.

The Programme continues to obtain advice from the Major Projects Authority (Cabinet Office) and Infrastructure UK (HM Treasury).