Parliament’s Northern Estate programme to refurbish nearby Westminster buildings for use by MPs during the restoration of the House of Commons has been shut down, with a letter informing the delivery teams ‘of closure of the Northern Estate Programme’ in favour of ‘a new approach of having a more agile set of projects.’
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Construction News writes:
…The team behind the wider £4bn restoration and renewal programme of the Houses of Parliament said the work to convert a clutch of neighbouring Grade I and Grade II-listed buildings into temporary homes for MPs was halted late last year, reports Construction News’s sister title the Architects’ Journal.
In a letter to the public accounts committee, written by David Goldstone and Sarah Johnson – respectively the chief executives of the Palace of Westminster renewal Delivery Body and its oversight panel, the sponsor board – the scheme’s leaders said they were now looking at a “more agile set of projects”.
The plan, agreed in 2018, would have seen the redevelopment of the Grade II-listed Richmond House at an estimated cost of £800m, with work due to be carried out by Lendlease. Work on other nearby buildings was already being carried out by Wates….