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 has been carefully designed to be adaptable for a range of legacy uses. 

The space occupied by the temporary Chamber could remain in place as a backup Chamber, for example in the event of an incident or emergency affecting part or all of the Palace of Westminster.

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.
  • Conference facilities, including those 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. There will be further opportunities to feedback on the proposals as the plans for the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster are developed.

“It would be great to have a museum to display political history.”

“There should be facilities for long term use as an education and public engagement facility.”

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. 

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