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Wates wins deal for £500m Parliament Northern Estate revamp

Wates has won the contract to deliver the £500m renovation of Parliament’s Northern Estate.

The deal will see Wates carry out refurbishment work on several parliamentary buildings including Norman Shaw North and South, 1 Parliament Street and 1 Derby Gate.

Around 15,300 sq m of office space will be refurbished as part of the contract, including office accommodation for 950 people.

Wates said the programme was in the design and planning stage, with its team working to find the least disruptive and most cost-effective way to phase the work, which will commence in 2019.

BDP was appointed on the architectural and design contract for Parliament’s Northern Estate in November 2016.

The following month WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Gleeds won the programme, project and cost management role for the project.

Wates Construction group managing director Paul Chandler said: “These buildings are at the heart of the UK’s heritage and we understand the responsibility we hold in helping to preserve them for generations to come.”

In February the separate £4bn restoration of the Houses of Parliament moved a step closer after MPs voted to leave the Palace of Westminster for work to take place.

In April CN revealed the Palace of Westminster Restoration Programme team had started the recruitment process for the £40,000-a-year role to head up the scheme’s sponsor board. 

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