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Westminster Hall

The conservation and restoration of the Grade I listed, Palace of Westminster.

Image © Donald Insall Associates

The Vision

The conservation of Westminster Hall seeks to maintain and enhance part of the Grade I, UNESCO site of the Palace of Westminster originally built in 1037 (remodelled in 1380s).

Now in its third phase, the programme of restoration will reveal the intricate and historic features of the Hall’s hammerbeam roof and lead lantern. An appropriate lighting scheme, respectful of the building’s historic fabric, will ensure obstruction of views of the Hall, as well as disruption by works is minimised.

A core element of the work involves the modernisation of fire, safety and electric systems. This has provided an opportunity in itself to improve the operational procedures for the space to host guests, parliamentary sittings and events of international renown by utilizing the latest technology.

Our Role

By providing full project management services Buro Fours role encompasses project team, design and procurement processes whilst minimising disruption to the business of the Houses, the visiting public, planned events and the organisation as a whole. With a variety of departments and authorities with an interest in the Hall, the project has involved careful stakeholder management and rigorous approvals processes.

Key Information

Client:
Parliamentary Estates Directorate
Location:
London
Architect:
Donald Insall Architects
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
Huntley Cartwright
Structural Engineer:
Alan Baxter Associates