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Architect sought for Houses of Parliament decant building

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The Houses of Parliament is on the hunt for an architect for a 15,600m2 decant building in the Westminster area

The winning team will refurbish an unlisted building from the early twentieth century to provide temporary office accommodation for parliamentary staff.  

Estimated to cost anywhere between £40m and £100m, the new facility will have a ‘service life of 20 years’ and is planned to complete in 2019.

The tender announcement comes shortly after Commons Speaker John Bercow warned the 150 year-old Palace of Westminster could be abandoned unless £3 billion is spent on repairs.

Widely known as the ‘mother of all parliaments’, the current Palace of Westminster was rebuilt in the Gothic Revival style during the Mid-19th Century following a major fire.

The deteriorating building now features leaking roofs with its electrical and sanitation services requiring renewal.

In 2013, HOK was chosen to mastermind an overhaul of the Grade I-listed landmark but the exact details of any rescue plan have yet to emerge.

Furthermore no address has been confirmed for the decant building although a parliamentary spokesperson confirmed the structure was leased to government and away from the core Whitehall estate.

According to the tender notice: ‘The existing building was built in the first quarter of last century but is not listed. The building comprises multiple above ground storeys and a single storey basement. The gross floor area is 15,600m2. The corresponding Net floor area is approx. 13,300m2.’

The winning team will develop the scheme using Revit 3D up to RIBA Stage C or D. Design fees may range between £6m and £25m.

The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 17 April.

How to apply

View the tender notice for more information

Contact details

Business Support Team
Corporate Officer of the House of Commons
1 Floor
7 Millbank

Tel: +44 2072191600
E-mail: ppcs@parliament.uk
Fax: +44 2072191600





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