Explore the reports
The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme is the biggest and most complex renovation of a heritage building ever undertaken in the UK. Reports and studies about different aspects of the project will be published throughout its lifecycle.
This section provides summaries, key findings and downloadable versions of published reports on the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster.
The Pre-feasibility Study
The House of Lords House Committee and the House of Commons Commission appointed a Study Group to examine all the options for the refurbishment of the Palace. The report was published on 30 October 2012.
The Independent Options Appraisal
Download: Volume 1 main report
Download: Volume 2 appendices
Download: Volume 3 appendices
The Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster Report
The Joint Committee of the Palace of Westminster was established in July 2015 to consider the Independent Options Appraisal and make recommendations on a preferred way forward for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. The Committee published its recommendations on 8 September 2016.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report (2017)
The PAC conducted an inquiry into the Restoration and Renewal Programme which reviewed the robustness of options, indicative costings, and project management proposals. Their report was published in March 2017 and supported recommendations that Parliament should leave the Palace while major works to the building are carried out.
The National Audit Office (NAO) Report
The National Audit Office published its first report into the Programme in April 2020.
The Public Accounts Committee Report (2020)
Following the publication of the NAO's report on the Programme in April 2020, the PAC took evidence from the chief executives of the Sponsor Body and Delivery Authority in July, and published a short report in October 2020, setting out their conclusions and recommendations for the Programme.