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BDP lands £500m job to re-house MPs during Parliament revamp

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BDP has won the contract to convert a number of listed buildings to house MPs during the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster

The AJ100 practice will refurbish around 15,300m² of office space in House of Commons buildings, including the Norman Shaw buildings originally designed as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, along with 1 Derby Gate and 1 Parliament Street.

The prize in the main competition for the £6 billion refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament is being fought out by BDP, Allies and Morrison, Foster + Partners and HOK, with a decision expected to be announced before Christmas.

BDP architect director Tim Leach said: ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to refurbish the buildings on Parliament’s Northern Estate, close to the Palace of Westminster and at the heart of Whitehall, to create a modern office environment and external landscape to meet the needs of the House of Commons, its MPs, researchers and supporting facilities, well into the 21st century.’

Although currently in use as offices, BDP said the buildings do not currently fully comply with regulations, including those for fire safety.

It added that there are also significant weaknesses in mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, which regularly fail.

The value of the contract will be between £15 million and £25 million, depending on the shape of a detailed design brief, which is currently being worked up.

In 2014, BDP was appointed as architect and civil and structural engineer for the design and refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Old Admiralty Building on Whitehall, London for the Department for Education.

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  • '....currently in use as offices....' - but from the sound of it very substandard, so I wonder who the present occupants are, and what happens to them when the MPs move in - some sub-species of civil servant, or is all this office space in Westminster actually semi derelict and not in meaningful use?

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