Revitalising the Palace of Westminster: Britain’s Largest-Ever Building Upgrade
An Opportunity for Bidders
The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Delivery Authority is gearing up for an early market engagement day for the whopping £4bn-plus restoration project of the Palace of Westminster. This comes prior to the invitation of tenders for pivotal roles in the project.
Preserving Historic Landmark
Despite considerable ongoing investment and maintenance across the Parliamentary estate, a more comprehensive and fundamental work scheme is required to safeguard the Palace for future generations. The restoration of this iconic building is a task akin to erecting a new structure in London, given the scale and complexity involved.
The authority aims to employ three long-term strategic collaborators to execute the project, already touted as Britain’s largest-ever building upgrade. The partnerships sought are as follows: A Design Services Partner to handle design services; an Integrator to supervise, manage, and amalgamate the program; and a Construction Partner to aid in the design’s development and completion, as well as manage the works.
The authority is planning its first significant early market engagement event in the Palace of Westminster on Monday 16 October. The purpose of this event is to discuss the proposed procurement plan with potential suppliers.
Message from the CEO
David Goldstone, the CEO of the R&R delivery authority, said that they have been focusing on the delivery options and outcome levels they aim to achieve. Having reviewed over 30 options, they have now shortlisted just two, which will be presented to the Houses later this year for approval.
Goldstone emphasises that the success of this ambitious programme hinges on the support of an expert and innovative supply chain. He invites interested parties to engage with him to ensure that the right model is put in place to realise this vision. The procurement process for these key long-term partnerships is set to begin in 2024.
A New Dawn for the Palace of Westminster
In the lead up to the procurement, the authority aims to test its approach with all interested parties in order to gain real-time market insights. This paves the way for what promises to be a momentous restoration project, breathing new life into one of Britain’s most iconic buildings.