A summary of the proposals for the Northern Estate
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. The proposals retain Richmond Terrace, the Whitehall façade and 85 Whitehall/ 54 Parliament Street. The existing Cathedral Room, which currently provides a space overlooking the Cenotaph during ceremonial events, will be replaced with a larger space and terrace overlooking Whitehall.
2 | Modernised servicing and access arrangements across the entire Northern Estate, with new basement levels under Richmond House 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.
3 | Enhance security and improvements to the external environment, including a temporary visitor access pavilion in front of Richmond House, which would be removed once the House of Commons returns to the Palace of Westminster. This is in addition to widening the pavement on a section of Whitehall and Parliament Street to incorporate space for visitors to queue within a secure perimeter.
4 | Improvements to the Grade I listed Norman Shaw North Building, with a new lightweight glass atrium created in the courtyard, re-activating this historic space, along with conservation repairs to this highly significant building and internal improvements to meet modern standards.
5 | New internal landscaping, to improve 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.
6 | 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 enhanced courtyard space.
7 | Significant conservation improvements to other historic buildings, including to the rear elevations of the buildings fronting Canon Row and at 2 and 3 Parliament Street to improve internal layouts and modernise plant and equipment.
8 | A link to connect Portcullis House with the wider Northern Estate, with expanded catering facilities to the rear of the building opening out onto Canon Row for informal meetings. No other changes are being proposed for this building.
9 | The complete re-modelling of the rear 1980s elevation of 1 Parliament Street, to provide additional flexible, modern workspace.