An Aecom / Mace joint venture has been tipped to win the £4bn Houses of Parliament restoration but may have to wait until after the election to have the contracts confirmed.
The JV, along with the winner of the separate architectural and building design services contract, will form the delivery authority for the project.
However, the firms may now have to wait until after the election to have the contracts confirmed.
As revealed by Construction News this morning, MPs have been forced to delay a decision on whether to decant from the Houses of Parliament to allow a £4bn restoration until after the general election.
It is understood that the Aecom / Mace JV is the frontrunner for the programme, project and cost management services contract, ahead of Capita Property Infrastructure / Gleeds Cost Management; CH2M; Arcadis; and Turner & Townsend.
Under the contract, the delivery authority will also be responsible for procuring the contractors needed to restore the Palace of Westminster.
Construction News revealed in March that procurement for the architectural / building design and programme /project / cost management services contracts had ended last summer.
However, firms have been left waiting to hear who has scooped both contracts until now.
Aecom was part of a consortium of consultants including Hok and Deloitte Real Estate who issued a report outlining projected costs of the project.
Costs were estimated based on whether MPs would fully or partially decant or stay in the palace while works were carried out.