Palace of Westminster: Fire Prevention

The Senior Deputy Speaker written question – answered on 7th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to replacing the recently installed temporary fire doors in the Palace of Westminster with models more in keeping with the aesthetic of the Palace.

Photo of Lord Laming Lord Laming Chair, Accommodation Steering Group Committee, Chair, Services Committee

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf. To fabricate temporary doors more in keeping with the original doors would be extremely costly and would delay the programme well beyond the compliance deadline date.  Such a door would require the alteration of the original frame which would not be permitted under current listed building permissions.

No consideration has been given to replace the temporary doors given the deadline to achieve life safety compliance, compliance with British Standards and Building Regulations, and the additional cost of replacement. The original doors will be returned between mid-November and the end of November.

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