BDP to revamp Parliament’s Northern Estate

BDP won a contract to refurbish the Parliament’s Northern Estate.

The firm will provide architectural and lead design services as part of the £500m job on various House of Commons buildings and external spaces including 1 Derby Gate, 1 Parliament Street and the Norman Shaw buildings.

Around 15,300 m² of office space will be refurbished, with the architects upgrading access and circulation and improving fire, electrical and plumbing systems.

The Northern Estate Programme is separate from the £6bn Restoration and Renewal Programme for the Palace of Westminster for which BDP, Allies and Morrison, Foster + Partners and HOK are shortlisted.

Architect director Tim Leach said:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to refurbish the buildings on Parliament’s Northern Estate, close to the Palace of Westminster and at the heart of Whitehall, to create a modern office environment and external landscape to meet the needs of the House of Commons, its MPs, researchers and supporting facilities, well into the 21 st century.”

This will be the first refurbishment in 40 years for the majority of the buildings on the Northern Estate and works are due to be complete in the early 2020s.

BDP is already working on one Whitehall building, the Old Admiralty Building, for the Department for Education.