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Revealed: £36,000 bill to mend Hopkins' Portcullis House

MP’s have spent more than £36,000 in less than five years repairing cracks in the glass ceiling of Portcullis House in Westminster, it has been revealed.

Portcullis House in Westminster

Source: Matt Brown

The glass atrium of Portcullis House in Westminster

According to the Evening Standard, the glass atrium at the building which houses MPs’ offices has had persistent cracking issues since it was built, with no solution to the problem yet found.

Designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners, Portcullis House opened in 2001 and was ‘built to last for 200 years’.

The building cost £235million and in 2012 MPs were criticised for renting fig trees to populate the atrium at a cost of nearly £400,000.

Speaking to the newspaper, Andy Silvester from the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: ‘They, the architects, must come clean about why so much taxpayers’ money is being spent. For £235million, a functioning roof is the least you’d expect.’

A spokesperson for Hopkins told the AJ that they could not comment on issues regarding Portcullis House as they were bound by a confidentiality agreement.

A House of Commons spokesman said: ‘There is an ongoing investigation to establish the cause of the existing damage and eliminate the risk of future faults.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • Well that seems a staggeringly small maintenance budget to me, but as for confidentiality agreements, don't they have a wider obligation to share their experience, or aren't Hopkins registered with the RIBA anymore ?

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