House of Commons Chamber: Repairs and Maintenance

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 4th April 2019.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the studies commissioned from the architects Feilden and Mawson investigating the feasibility of a temporary House of Commons chamber in (a) the courtyard of Richmond House and (b) the courtyard of the Foreign Office are publicly available.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

A pre-feasibility study was produced by Feilden and Mawson in 2015, to support the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster in making a recommendation on the preferred delivery option for the Restoration & Renewal Programme. The study considered several options for decant, including Richmond House and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.

Additional studies of other potential decant options were commissioned by the Joint Committee during the course of its inquiry.

These studies contain information about the Houses’ security requirements, as well as other information which may be commercially sensitive, and for that reason they are not publicly available.

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