The Houses of Parliament is recruiting client advisors for its multi-billion pound restoration - despite a lack of any final agreement on the best way forward
The ‘mother of all parliaments’ is seeking an architect-led design team and a project and cost manager in separate lots to advise on the gargantuan 100,000m² project.
The announcement comes shortly after a team featuring architects HOK published a range of options to restore the Grade I-listed landmark.
They included a rolling programme of improvements over three decades (costing £5.7 billion); a partial decant of parliament while work is undertaken (£3.9 billion); and vacating the building fully during the restoration period (£3.5 billion).
A recent survey of 100 MPs found most supported temporary relocation and a final decision on the best way forward will be made in the spring.
According to the contract notice: ‘Parliament is proceeding to procure management and design services now so that the necessary consultants are in place and ready to progress the programme when a decision in principle is made.
‘The appointed consultants will therefore need to be capable of delivering any one, or a blend, of the scenarios under consideration.’
A final decision is expected in spring 2016 but reaching a political consensus on the costly project may prove challenging.
Meanwhile experts warn without swift intervention the building’s multiple failings – which include deteriorating facades, damp, flooding, old wiring and huge amounts of asbestos – mean the iconic riverside complex may have to be abandoned within 20 years.
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 technical advisor is one of several roles being procured ahead of the final decision so the project can start on site as planned by 2020 or 2021.
Other roles include an architect to refurbish an unnamed decant building for House of Commons staff in the Westminster area and a conservation architect to refurbish a swathe of Whitehall properties known collectively as the Northern Estate.
The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 29 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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