Engineering the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, St Albans

19 October, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Venue address:

63-77 Victoria Street
St Albans
United Kingdom
A look at the restoration plans for the Palace of Westminster
A look at the restoration plans for the Palace of Westminster

About this event

The Restoration and Renewal Programme was established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect the heritage of the Palace of Westminster and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century and beyond.

The current 'patch and mend' approach tackles only the highest risk problems and is no longer sustainable. The speed at which work can be carried out is slower than the rate at which the building is deteriorating, therefore the backlog of essential repairs, and in turn the risk of system failure, is growing significantly over time.

In 2015, an independent options appraisal (IOA), setting out a range of options for how a major programme of work could be carried out, was published by Deloitte Real Estate, AECOM and HO. and in September 2016 the Joint Select Committee on the Palace of Westminster published its report, recommending the work be carried out in a single phase. Members of both Houses are expected to debate a way forward for the Programme in 2017.

The renovation, which will require the complete replacement of the Palace's heating, ventilation, electrical and water systems, presents huge and complex architectural and engineering challenges ahead. Andrew Piper, the Design Director from Parliament's Restoration and Renewal Programme Team, will discuss historic challenges and potential solutions for the M&E works.

For further information about the restoration and renewal programme visit or view a short YouTube film.

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For more information, please contact:

Iain Wilson

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