The Public Accounts Committee recently conducted an inquiry into the Restoration and Renewal Programme, which reviewed the robustness of the options, indicative costings and project management proposals. Their report was published on 10 March 2017 and supports recommendations that Parliament should leave the Palace while major works to the building are carried out
Analysis of the option for a temporary chamber in the Royal Gallery
A study was carried out in January 2017 into the feasibility of using the Royal Gallery as a temporary chamber while works are carried out.
Debate in Westminster Hall
On 25 January 2017, a Westminster Hall debate was held on the Restoration and Renewal Programme. A House of Commons Library debate pack was created ahead of the debate. It contains summaries of the reports published to date on the Programme as well as media coverage and some frequently asked questions.
Research project: Victorian ventilation system of the Houses of Parliament
Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt, Senior Lecturer and AHRC Leadership Fellow at the University of Kent School of Architecture, is leading a pioneering research project on the Victorian ventilation system of the Houses of Parliament. He is working with the Restoration and Renewal Programme team and is investigating ways in which historic principles could be re-utilised as part of any future design. The research is funded through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and has yielded several publications.
Most recent publications include an article in the AA Files entitled ‘The Lost (First) Chamber of the House of Commons’ and a chapter in the book ‘Gothic Revival Worldwide’, published by Leuven University Press. Details can be found on the Kent School of Architecture website.
Sir Bernard Crick Centre
In November 2016, Professor Matthew Flinders, from the University of Sheffield’s Sir Bernard Crick Centre, was appointed to a three year fellowship to study the work of Parliament. His research is centred on the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, with the aim of helping the public understand the programme and the decisions behind it. More information can be found on the Sir Bernard Crick Centre website.
A number of reports have been published on the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. These can be viewed in the Reports section.