Conserving the Northern Estate

The Northern Estate Programme will deliver the sensitive repair and restoration of 1-3 Parliament Street, 2-4 Canon Row, Norman Shaw North, Norman Shaw South and Richmond Terrace.

The buildings were originally designed to face outwards and so the internal spaces do not function as a cohesive campus.

Restoring these buildings – some of which have not been refurbished for more than 30 years – maximises their use and secures their conservation and repair into the long term.

1 Derby Gate and 1 Canon Row will not be part of planning applications for the Northern Estate Programme as they are already currently being refurbished.

The external setting of all of the buildings within the estate will be greatly improved by removing service vehicle movements from the internal spaces, removing portacabins and bins, centralising cycle storage.

New surfacing, lighting and de-cluttering the area will help to create a new Parliamentary campus.

Within the buildings, original features such as fireplaces, doors, joinery and staircases will be restored, together with the rationalisation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services to remove unsightly service runs and plant areas and replace them with better designed modern alternatives.

With the temporary House of Commons occupying the site for several years, many thousands of visitors over this time will be able to see this rich heritage for the first time.

Norman Shaw North

The courtyard in Norman Shaw North will completely change function, from a delivery and service yard to a restaurant and meeting space covered with a glass roof. Together with the reinstatement of the oculus and stone floor finish within its courtyard space, this will greatly improve the experience of this space and allow people to appreciate the quality of this Grade I listed building. The exterior of the building will also be restored and the internal spaces modernised.

Existing Norman Shaw North courtyard.

Indicative image of the proposed Norman Shaw North atrium and a new glazed courtyard roof.

Norman Shaw South

Norman Shaw South will also see improvements and repair to all elevations and the roof. A new building will be created in the courtyard, providing valuable additional office and meeting space. The internal spaces will be refurbished with new services and a new raised courtyard area created as well as a new level entrance to Commissioner’s Yard providing a better connection to Richmond House.

Existing Norman Shaw South courtyard.

Indicative image of the proposed courtyard within Norman Shaw South.

A link between Portcullis House and Norman Shaw South

A covered link will be created between Portcullis House and Norman Shaw South with expanded catering facilities to cope with the increased number of people who will be working within the Northern Estate. This will open out onto Canon Row and improve the connections and accessibility between Portcullis House and the other buildings.

Existing space between Portcullis House and Norman Shaw South.

Indicative image of the proposed link between Portcullis House and Norman Shaw South, looking towards Canon Row.

Indicative image of the proposed link between Portcullis House and Norman Shaw South, looking towards Victoria Embankment.

Parliament Street buildings

2 and 3 Parliament Street will be retained and refurbished to bring them up to modern standards. The 1980s rear of 1 Parliament Street will be re-modelled to provide more accessible office space, while the current Parliament Street elevation will be retained.

Existing elevation of Parliament Street buildings, as viewed from Canon Row.

Proposed elevation of Parliament Street buildings, as viewed from Canon Row.

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