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Palace of Westminster: Public Entrance

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

asked the Chairman of Committees:

What was the construction time, original and outturn cost of the new public entrance at St Stephen's entrance, and what were the reasons for any cost overrun.

Photo of Lord Brabazon of Tara Lord Brabazon of Tara Chairman of Committees, House of Lords

Work started on the visitor reception building on 9 January 2006 with an original planned completion date of 8 September 2006. It is now expected that the building will open in mid-February 2008.

The original cost for the building as stated in the business case was £8,687,500. Taking into account the delay and remedial work, by 1 November 2007 the cost was estimated at £11,200,000. While this is now expected to be the total cost of the building, some additional equipment will cost up to £250,000. All the costs are shared between the Commons and Lords in the proportion of 60:40.A lessons learnt review will examine the reasons for the delay and cost overrun.

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