Reports allege that Palace of Westminster will soon undergo restoration. As a consequence MPs are to vote within a week on the refurbishment of the House of Parliament. Restoration work is expected to be submitted to Olympics style Authority. The undertaking will allegedly cost £6bn pounds and reports suggest the work will commence mid-year 2020. The restoration plan has faced delay previously. However, after the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the restoration project has been set in the fast track.
Another reason of delay was due to Gavin Williamson, the Defense secretary’s objection to the use of the Ministry of Defense (MoD). Car park for contractors’ lorries was restricted for security reasons. Reports suggest removal of defense secretary may have saved the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds and also sped up the project if contractors were allowed to use the car park.
MPs will be asked to move into a temporary chamber during the refurbishment. Furthermore, former Department of Health Building and Lords will be moved into Queen Elizabeth II conference center. 75% of Richmond house space will be used for permanent exhibition and educational purposes. Parliamentary building bills are expected to be introduced on Wednesday and a second reading will be followed in the coming days. As per the bill, MPs, peers and external experts would act as clients on behalf of the parliament for delivery experts to manage the tedious project.
Reason that caused the expensive restoration plan to stir up have been attributed to the fire incident at Notre Dame. Previously 66 fires in the palace have been reported since 2008. It is however not yet clear if the MPs will pass the bill before the summer recess. Reports of a shadow sponsor body who will recruit a delivery body after passing of a second reading are underway. A floating parliament plan will be available on Wednesday. MPs will also be able to access Portcullis House apart from Richmond house after MPs move back into the palace.