Palace of Westminster: Restoration and Renewal

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.

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.

Following the debates in both Houses in early 2018, Parliament agreed that the ‘best and most cost-effective way’ to carry out the restoration and renewal of the Palace in one single phase is to temporarily move out of the building. The collective decision by members of both Houses of Parliament means that work has now begun to establish a shadow Olympic-style Delivery Authority and Sponsor Board, subsequently to be set up through legislation as statutory bodies, to manage the work.

A plan for Parliament’s Northern Estate

A series of planning applications for Parliament’s Northern Estate, the group of buildings along Parliament Street and Whitehall, have been submitted to Westminster City Council for determination.

The plans are the essential first step to enable the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster as they include a new temporary House of Commons Chamber and associated facilities, together with workspace for all 650 MPs and their staff within a single secure site.

The plans follow the decision of Parliament in 2018 to temporarily move out of the Palace of Westminster. This will allow essential building work to take place, estimated to start in the mid-2020s.

For more details, visit the Northern Estate Programme website.

Video: The story of Restoration and Renewal

Watch this film to see why the Palace of Westminster needs a major refurbishment, and hear how the building will be improved for generations to come.