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Currie & Brown joins CH2M's Parliament revamp team

Currie & Brown has scooped work to help deliver programme, project and cost management services work on the £4bn Palace of Westminster revamp.

Construction News revealed CH2M was the preferred bidder for lot two of the revamp – programme, project and cost management services – last month.

Currie & Brown will be part of CH2M’s team to oversee major M&E work throughout the palace under the revamp.

In addition, the team will conduct an exploration of the condition of the building, a building-wide security strategy, plans for a major programme of asbestos removal, and fire safety improvements.

Architects BDP scooped the design contract for the revamp.

A decision is yet to be made on whether MPs will move out of the palace fully or partially, or whether they will remain.

MPs are expected to vote on the decant options after parliament’s summer recess finishes on 5 September. However, an exact date has not been set.

Early stages of work under the revamp will continue irrespective of the outcome of the vote.

Currie & Brown and CH2M – which was acquired by fellow American engineering firm Jacobs in August – were among the firms to scoop work on the government’s Crown Commercial Service £2.9bn flagship consultancy in May.

The companies joined 68 others on the Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework, which will be used by public sector bodies for consultancy services for real estate and construction projects.

The framework had previously been hit by a series of delays since 2013 when its predecessor expired.

A replacement framework had originally gone out to tender at the end of 2013 and firms were appointed in June 2014. However, the decision was challenged in the High Court by Turner & Townsend, which failed to secure a place.

A revised framework was put forward shortly after, which was procured by UK SBS on behalf of the CCS. But the CCS cancelled this revised framework in November 2014, just before it was about to go live.

The latest version of the new framework finally went out to tender in September 2016 before announcing winners in May.

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