PM role on MPs Northern Estate upgrade worth £95m

Aaron Morby 8 months ago
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The hunt has started for a combined project, programme and costs manager to oversee plans for the redevelopment of Parliament’s Northern Estate.

Northern Estate will be extensively upgraded to provide a new debating chamber and workspace for all MPs and their staff within a single secure site
Northern Estate will be extensively upgraded to provide a new debating chamber and workspace for all MPs and their staff within a single secure site

The big redevelopment plan is due to start in 2020, ahead of restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, when MPs will move to the Northern Estate.

This will require Richmond House, the former home of the Department of Health in Whitehall, to be rebuilt to allow it to become a temporary House of Commons.

There will also be extensive upgrades to buildings in the Northern Estate to create a new secure campus.

The project, programme and costs manager role for this will be awarded to a single firm with a price tag of £95m for the work.

Lendlease has secured the job to rebuild Richmond House, while Wates has the task of upgrading the rest of the Northern Estate.

The estimated construction cost of the Northern Estate Programme plan is £600m-£800m. It’s expected that around half of this cost would relate to the Richmond House rebuild.

But allowing for higher contingencies for a heritage building project of this scale, VAT and inflation, the overall budget cost range for the entire Northern Estate Programme is expected to be set at £1.4bn to £1.6bn.

Firms interested in bidding can find more detail on Parliament’s website.

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