The House

New approach for restoratio­n and renewal of Parliament


Anew approach to how the programme of restoring and renewing the Palace of Westminste­r should be governed and delivered has been approved by the members of the Commons and Lords Commission­s. The plan promises to prioritise the start of safety-critical works as soon as possible, ensure maximum value for money and establish a governance structure that is “receptive to Parliament’s requiremen­ts as a working legislatur­e”.

It has been agreed that the programme of works should initially focus on fire safety and protection, replacemen­t of mechanical, electrical, drainage, plumbing, data and communicat­ions systems, asbestos management and conservati­on of the building fabric.

Minimising the time and extent to which parliament­arians and staff will be asked to move out of the Palace will be given particular attention, with various options being guided by the R&R Delivery Authority and subject to agreement from the two commission­s.

MPs and peers will also be asked to consider the recommenda­tion that the R&R Sponsor Body should be replaced by an R&R Programme Board combining parliament­ary representa­tion with independen­t expertise.

The necessary legislativ­e changes, which must be approved by both the House of Commons and the

Lords, are expected to be initiated in the autumn.

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