Streetscape and Perimeter Security
Special arrangements for security need to be in place during the period the temporary House of Commons Chamber is in operation. These have been designed to be removed once the Restoration and Renewal Programme is complete.
We have already set out elsewhere in this document the removal of the previously proposed security pavilion in front of Richmond House.
Here we explain the changes made to the railings proposals and the widening of the pavement along Whitehall and Parliament Street.
Indicative image showing the new public entrance to the House of Commons, as viewed from Parliament Street.
Along parts of Whitehall and Parliament Street, railings will be introduced, sections of which are being designed to be removable for ceremonial occasions, for example on Remembrance Day.
Following consultation, we are changing the design of these to a bronze colour, rather than black as previously proposed, and have slotted them behind the existing railings to minimise the impact on heritage buildings.
We will also be scaling back the height of the railings on Victoria Embankment, which we had previously proposed to raise to three metres high but which will now be retained at the current height.
Red Lion pub
After careful consideration of security, it will be necessary to bring the Red Lion public house within the parliamentary perimeter when the House of Commons chamber moves temporarily to Richmond House. This is regrettable and will not happen for several years, but it would be impossible for the Red Lion to serve the public as it does now, given its proximity to the temporary House of Commons and the practical limitations of implementing enhanced security measures such as airport-style screening for its customers.The building would be managed temporarily by Parliamentary Estates under a lease arrangement with the owner. The Red Lion would be returned and able to resume its public use as soon as possible once the House of Commons chamber moves back to the Palace of Westminster.
Widening the pavement on Whitehall and Parliament Street
The pavement in this section of the street is being widened to allow more space for pedestrians and visitors. To enable this, the proposals will remove one southbound lane of Parliament Street on a short section of the road to accommodate a wider pavement at the proposed visitor entrance to Richmond House.
We will need to close one bus stop in front of Richmond House. We are working with Transport for London to relocate bus services to other stops nearby on Parliament Street.