Renovating Parliament Could Take 40 Years Unless Government Shifts to a Portakabin

By Gary Cutlack on at

The latest report into what/how/when to do/fix/bodge the substantial repairs needed by the houses of parliament and their Palace of Westminster home says the work could take a staggering, Sagrada Família-like 40 years to complete, unless it's completely shut for the works.

The latest estimate of work and cost includes a budget of £5.7bn to completely renovate the posh riverside democratic building, a price that takes into account how much more awkward it would be were the MPs to remain in the building while the work is undertaken.

The numbers come via an independent report that took into account the various scenarios banded together under the banners of rolling repairs, continuing patchwork fixing or a complete shutdown of the entire building. The patch-it-up option comes with a maximum potential timeframe of 40 years to complete, although that could come in at around 32 years if it goes to plan and according to schedule *pauses for laughter*.

The best case scenario is the "full decant" option which would see MPs do their business elsewhere (venue to be decided), but even that cheaper (£3.9bn) choice comes with a work time estimate of between five and eight years for renovations to be complete. [IOA Report via Reuters]