A summary of the proposals for the Northern Estate
The proposals for the Northern Estate will create a temporary House of Commons Chamber and associated facilities, together with workspace for all 650 MPs and their staff in addition to public access and educational provision.
It is the essential first step to enable the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster and will deliver a transformed Parliamentary Estate for future generations.
There are seven planning applications and listed building consents which have been submitted to Westminster City Council. We set out each of these together with a brief description on Consultation on the proposals.
1 | A temporary House of Commons Chamber within a substantially redeveloped Richmond House, alongside essential facilities required around the Chamber for the continued functioning of Parliament, in addition to new workspace, an education centre and visitor facilities. The proposals retain Richmond Terrace, the Whitehall façade and 85 Whitehall and 54 Parliament Street.
2 | Improvements to the Grade I listed Norman Shaw North Building, with a new lightweight glass atrium created over the courtyard, to utilise this historic space. Along with conservation repairs to this highly significant building there will be internal improvements to meet modern standards.
3 | Enhanced security and improvements to the external environment, required to ensure the House of Commons can operate in a safe and secure environment while works to the Palace of Westminster take place. The proposed arrangements include railings and bollards that can be removed during ceremonial occasions.
4 | New internal landscaping, to improve accessible circulation across the estate and the setting of the listed buildings, re-establishing the historic Canon Row as the central spine connecting the buildings together into a ‘campus’ environment along with new trees and planting for environmental benefits.
5 | Conservation and internal improvements across the Parliament Street buildings, including substantial redevelopment of the rear elevations of the buildings fronting Canon Row to improve internal layouts and accessibility.
6 | Modernised servicing and access arrangements across the entire Northern Estate, with new basement levels under Richmond House linked to the other buildings across the estate, providing efficient arrangements for deliveries, waste management, recycling, utilities, common kitchens and other shared facilities including a new Energy Centre to transform sustainability and energy efficiency.
7 | A new building within the existing courtyard of the Grade II* Norman Shaw South, that will become office space for MPs and staff while providing a courtyard space and a link to connect Portcullis House with the wider Northern Estate, with expanded catering facilities to the rear of the building and opening out onto Canon Row.