WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded the programme, project and cost management role for Parliament’s Northern Estate Programme (NEP).
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff said it would be working in partnership with consultant Gleeds and architect BDP to work on the programme.
The work involves the refurbishment and development of a number of significant historic buildings that currently accommodate office space for the House of Commons. This includes Norman Shaw North, Norman Shaw South, 1 Derby Gate and 1 Parliament Street. In total around 15,300m2 of office space will be refurbished.
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff said that the buildings required essential refurbishment over a multi‐year programme term concluding in the early 2020s.
Work is due largely to the age and fragility of the buildings’ mechanical and electrical services, poor environmental performance and fire safety improvement requirements. The buildings are variously listed Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II and several are of special historical significance.
The programme will deliver compliance with building regulations, improve resilience and conserve the buildings for future use. It said that there would also be a focus on making better use of the spaces inside the buildings and improving access and circulation routes.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring a key part of the Parliamentary Estate up to the standards of a modern office environment. Refurbishment on this scale hasn’t been carried out for decades, so these much-needed upgrades will respect Parliament’s heritage whilst ensuring future generations can continue to work at the very heart of UK politics,” said WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff project director David Luscombe.