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Now cracks are found at Hopkins' Portcullis House

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Portcullis House, the embattled MPs' headquarters in Westminster, is under attack again - now for cracks raking across its concrete walls. Staff at the new building designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners have found hundreds of cracks appearing on 90mm partition walls dividing MPs offices. They were alerted by an MP who saw the state of the walls.

Tory politician Julian Brazier told the AJ: 'I was irritated that the cracks were appearing, they have become significantly more visible and I have to look at the wall every day. They are not dramatic but what's more relevant is the inflexibility of the building.'

However, Andy Makepeace, project director at Portcullis House, said: 'They are tiny hairline cracks that have appeared as the concrete has dried.We knew they would happen and they have.'

He said there were no plans to remedy the problem because the cracks were barely visible on the room-height panels.

However, Brazier said they compounded problems of glass, space, and lighting. He complained of cutting himself badly after bumping into a glass door while heavily laden with books.

Michael Hopkins and Partners was not available for comment.

The cracks are the latest embarrassment for the government, which has seen the building's costs overrun by £85 million to £233 million.

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