A new purpose built building at Richmond House fit for a 21st century Parliament

The design approach retains the three elements of Richmond House visible from Whitehall (the Georgian Richmond Terrace, the Whitehall façade designed by Sir William Whitfield in the 1980s and the building at 85 Whitehall/54 Parliament Street) whilst substantially redeveloping the remaining elements of the building to house the Chamber and provide space for MPs and staff.

The Northern Estate Programme recognises that the building which replaces Richmond House needs to provide exceptional architecture and long-lasting public legacy.

The architectural approach to the Richmond House design

An illustrative plan showing the proposed uses at Richmond House.

The Whitehall façade of Richmond House is retained and enhanced to form a key component of the new building. The full three-storeys of the façade are then revealed as the backdrop to the new Central Lobby. A new Cathedral Room will be created, larger in space than in the existing Richmond House, with a terrace providing views over Whitehall and the Cenotaph.

Internally the Whitehall façade opens out on to a triple-height Central Lobby, with key views back out to Whitehall and the Cenotaph.

The Grade II* listed Richmond Terrace and Grade II listed 85 Whitehall/54 Parliament Street are both retained and will be refurbished externally and internally.

A new full height atrium, known as the Street, continues Canon Row into the heart of the building. Referencing St Stephen’s Hall in the Palace of Westminster, the street provides one of the primary Members’ entrance routes to the House of Commons Chamber from the wider Northern Estate.

A new flexible six storey building, will provide a long-term legacy as additional workspace for MPs and House staff.

A three-storey basement is also being provided, to include the majority of plant and machinery for both the new Richmond House and the wider Northern Estate. This ensures that visible machinery is kept to a minimum, allowing the roofs and spaces between the new and refurbished buildings to be as high quality as possible.

Design principles for the new Richmond House

The proposed design of Richmond House references the defining character of the unique context of the Northern Estate and is conceived as a contemporary addition that knits together the retained listed buildings with new elements.

The proposed building form references the architecture of the adjacent Norman Shaw North and is designed to create a considered streetscape between the buildings.

Indicative image of Richmond House, shown next to the existing Norman Shaw North building.

A stone plinth references the surrounding context of Whitehall and ties the new elements to the existing Richmond Terrace.

Indicative image of the proposed entrance as viewed from Canon Row.

New stair towers reference Sir William Whitfield’s approach to the design of the existing Richmond House.

Indicative image of the proposed entrance as viewed from Laundry Road.

The proposed building form references the architecture of the adjacent Norman Shaw North and is designed to create a considered streetscape between the buildings.

Indicative image of the proposed Richmond House building as viewed from Commissioner’s Yard.

The proposed building form references the architecture of the adjacent Norman Shaw North and is designed to create a considered streetscape between the buildings.

Indicative image of the proposed Richmond House building as viewed from Laundry Road.

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