Flexibility of use for a long-term legacy
While the new building will provide space for the temporary House of Commons Chamber and its supporting functions, it is being carefully designed to be adaptable for a range of legacy uses.
The space occupied by the temporary Chamber could remain in place as a back-up Chamber, for example in the event of an incident or emergency affecting part or all of the Parliamentary Estate.
Alternatively, the space could be easily converted for a range of other possible uses, for example as:
- A public debating Chamber for schools and other audiences.
- A conference facility, including for international delegations.
- A venue for debates and interactive/ educational events.
- An exhibition space for parliamentary art and archives.
- Additional workspace for staff.
The precise future legacy use will be determined through the design process for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme, which will explore the best permanent locations for the full range of parliamentary and public functions. It may be that this enables space to be made available within the Palace of Westminster to allow greater public access to democracy.
Similarly the office space for MPs and their staff has also been designed with flexibility in mind. When used by MPs the requirement is primarily for smaller modular offices and these spaces can be quickly converted into a more open plan working environment should that be desired.
Indicative image of potential legacy use for the temporary Chamber as a conference centre.
Indicative image of potential legacy use for the temporary Chamber as additional workspace.
Indicative image of potential legacy use for the temporary Chamber as an educational/exhibition space.
Indicative image of potential legacy use for the temporary Chamber as an archive/reading room.