BDP has been selected to deliver architectural and lead design services for the Northern Estate Programme, which has been established to carry out essential refurbishment works on a number of listed buildings on the Parliamentary Estate.
It is hoped that the programme of repairs will reduce running costs, increase environmental performance and ensure that the buildings can continue to serve as suitable workspaces for the members of Parliament, members’ staff and House of Commons staff for years to come.
All of the buildings require significant internal and external repair and modernisation, to prevent failure of services that could disrupt the conduct of parliamentary business. The project will involve an overhaul of the electrical and mechanical services, as well as restorative works to the four listed buildings: Norman Shaw North (Grade I), Norman Shaw South (Grade I), 1 Parliament Street (Grade II), 1 Derby Gate (Grade II*).
Around 15,300m of office space will be refurbished, together with the external spaces linking the individual buildings, with works due to complete in the early 2020s.
Refurbishments have not been carried out on the majority of buildings on the Northern Estate in over 40 years and refurbishment work has now become essential in order to reduce the risk of building failure. The buildings are non-compliant with a range of regulatory and statutory building regulations, most notably fire safety. There are significant weakness in the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and other essential services fail regularly, which negatively impact occupants on a regular basis.
BDP was selected following a rigorous selection and evaluation process, in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
“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,” said BDP architect director Tim Leach.
BDP is already working on the refurbishment of one of Whitehall’s listed buildings, the Old Admiralty Building on Horse Guards Parade, for the Department for Education.