Wide-ranging benefits across the UK
The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme will ensure the home of our democracy is fit for future generations. It will preserve the Palace’s status as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and create a modern, accessible Parliament with a safer environment for all the people who work there and visit. As the Programme gathers pace, it will also create thousands of jobs and training opportunities across the country.
Protecting the home of our democracy
Once complete, the work will secure the future of the Palace as the home of the UK Parliament and reduce the risk of sudden interruption to the conduct of its business by stone fall, flood or fire. The antiquated mechanical and electrical systems that service the Palace will be replaced with all the services needed by a modern, accessible and accountable Parliament.
The temporary House of Commons and House of Lords, together with their associated facilities, will ensure the continued running of the Government and Parliament during the years while the work to the Palace takes place.
Making Parliament more accessible
The Restoration and Renewal Programme will improve the accessibility of the Palace for people with disabilities, whether Members, staff or visitors. The existing Palace covers the same area as 16 football pitches and has four floors and 65 different levels – but has just one lift that meets modern access standards.
Opening up to the public
More than one million people visit Parliament every year, including schoolchildren, constituents, businesses, charities and tourists. Public engagement is a vital element of our Parliamentary democracy and this will be reflected in the designs for the Palace and the temporary accommodation for both Houses, alongside the provision of new education and participation facilities.
The work on the Palace will vastly improve energy efficiency with lower running costs and a significantly reduced carbon footprint to support the Government target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Economic benefits across the UK
The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme is a national infrastructure project that will benefit small and medium-sized enterprises and create training opportunities all over the country. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be engaged in supply chains and will benefit significantly from the main contractor spend.
The Delivery Authority will create a host of new employment and training opportunities, supporting thousands of jobs in construction, engineering, design, and IT, as well as attracting those with specialist skills in carpentry, stonemasonry, metalwork, heritage conservation and more.