Parliament consults contractors on £650m outbuildings refurbishment


Contractors’ views are being invited on a programme of refurbishment works to the UK parliamentary estate worth up to £650m.

Photo of parliamentary estate © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
Above: Photo of parliamentary estate © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

The UK parliament has begun a market engagement exercise to discuss plans for procuring a main works contracting partner to support its northern estate programme. This programme consists of the essential repair and refurbishment of a number of historic office buildings on the parliamentary estate in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster.

It does not include the full refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster parliament building itself, which is set to cost at least £1bn (see previous report here) but it could include certain early elements of the Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Programme.

Work on the northern estate programme will comprise renewal of the mechanical and electrical services, as well as restoration to the fabric of the listed buildings. Work is expected to be in the range of £150m to £650m and take between three and four years to complete.  

Buildings to be refurbished include:

  • Norman Shaw North
  • Norman Shaw South
  • 1 Derby Gate
  • Canon Row residences
  • 1 Parliament Street
  • Other decant buildings as required and potentially certain early elements of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

Contractors’ views are being sought to assess the interest and capability of the market to manage and deliver the programme. It is also an opportunity to discuss the programme and inform Parliament’s approach to procurement.

Parliament’s Strategic Estates department is looking for advice on: procurement strategy;  contract shape and size; and any particular risks that may impact on the success of the procurement and delivery of the works.

Interested contractors are invited to complete a questionnaire and to return it via the e-tendering system by 3rd August, 2016, at:

Parliament may then invite some or all respondents for further discussions.



This article was published on 6 Jul 2016 (last updated on 6 Jul 2016).

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