Rebuilding Parliament could turn into £7.1bn project
Construction contracts worth at least £1bn will be up for grabs when MPs decide how to repair their crumbling home.
Although work to restore the Houses of Parliament will not start until 2020, it could take more than 30 years to complete.
A new Independent report on the condition of the Grade I-listed Palace of Westminster reveals that the site is suffering major dilapidation including crumbling stonework and leaking roofs.
There is now an increasing risk of “catastrophic failure” as Parliament’s mechanical and electrical infrastructure is "no longer fit for purpose", the independent study by Deloitte’s real estate division and architects AECOM and HOK found.
The report puts forward a range of options and costs for refurbishing the House of Commons and House of Lords.
The cheapest option would cost £3.5bn – or £118 for every income tax-payer – but would force MPs and peers to move into temporary accommodation for six years.
If MPs insist on remaining on site while restoration work is carried out costs are estimated at £5.7bn but could rise to £7.1bn over the 32 years it is forecast the repairs would take to carry out.
A compromise option, in which MPs and then Lords moved in turn to temporary accommodation outside the Palace, would cost about £3.9bn and take 11 years to complete.
The cost of the construction work alone will be between £1bn and £1.3bn. Parliament officials said: “All costs are provisional estimates at this early stage and include significant provision for risk and uncertainty.
A joint committee of MPs and peers is currently being formed to consider the options on the table.