UK government reveals shortlist for palace of westminster refurbishment
image courtesy of foster + partners




foster + partners has been included on a shortlist of four as part of a competition to refurbish london’s palace of westminster. the other three competing firms are allies and morrison, BDP, and HOK.


the restoration program has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect and preserve the heritage of the existing building, and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK parliament. the palace dates from the mid-1800s and is recognized as one of the world’s most iconic and significant buildings. the previous structure was destroyed by fire in 1834, but the oldest part of the parliamentary estate, ‘westminster hall’, survived and is still in use today.


‘we are delighted to have been shortlisted for the refurbishment of the palace of westminster,’ commented foster + partners. the building is an exceptional work of living heritage, a symbol for the united kingdom, and a continuing symbol of democracy throughout the world. the opportunity of turning the magnificent 19th century architecture into a functioning 21st century parliament building within a UNESCO heritage site is one of the most exciting challenges in britain today. we look forward to the next stage of the process.’


renovation details remain vague at this stage, but a preferred architect is expected to be selected in the first half of 2016. an anticipated start date for construction work has been forecast for 2020/2021.