Contracts in place for the Palace of Westminster renovation

Architectural and building design company BDP and project management company CH2M have won the contract to restore the Palace of Westminster.

The Grade I listed building and the home to Parliament is in dire need of renovation. Many of the building's features and systems such as heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems have not been updated since it was originally built in the 1880s. As a result the building is a risk of fire or other a catastrophic failure.

Brian Finnimore, Managing Director of Parliament’s Strategic Estates team, said: ‘We are delighted to be making these contract announcements today, as an important step towards our goal of preserving the Palace of Westminster for future generations. We look forward to working with BDP and CH2M to ensure the Palace remains safe and secure for the more than a million people, including 100,000 schoolchildren, who visit Parliament each year.’

‘We welcome BDP and CH2M on board, and the expertise they will bring in architectural and engineering design and in delivering projects. We have seen from other major public projects that effort put into early planning is rewarded later with financial savings, so this appointment now will help put value for money for the taxpayer at the heart of this essential work.’

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