Houses of Parliament repairs could cost £7.1bn
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Houses of Parliament repairs could cost £7.1bn

November 21, 2019


Restoration work on the Houses of Parliament
could cost as much as 5.7 billion pounds – and take 32 years to complete. However, the hefty pricetag could drop to
3.5 billion pounds if MPs and peers are moved out of the building. The 150 year old Grade one listed property
is partly sinking, contains asbestos and has out of date wiring. An independent report found other problems
including crumbling stonework, leaking roofs and failing plumbing. The Palace of Westminster was rebuilt on the
banks of the River Thames in the mid-1800s following a fire. Many of its features have never undergone
major renovation since. A world heritage site, the building incorporates
the tower of Big Ben and the oldest building on the site, Westminster
Hall. The report warns the building could suffer
“major, irreversible damage” without significant restoration work. Listing five solutions, the cheapest option
would involve moving parliamentarians out of the building entirely for six years. Some MPs have welcomed the idea. “I think we’ve got to be pragmatic and practical.
Whatever is the most sensible solution to preserving the historic heritage that we have, not just for the sake of MPs who work here,
or members of the House of Lords or the staff but just for the country because it’s such an iconic building,” But others insist they should remain in Westminster.
“My view is that we should seek to avoid moving away from here. We need to stay in the heart of Westminster
where our democracy is based. But of course we’ve got to do it in the way that makes it
possible to get the job done,” The Commons and Lords will have to vote in
the next few years on what to do to solve their potential housing problem.

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  1. Those poor Brits'. Even the royal family has to live in squalor. Maybe a peon will make room in the gutter.

  2. Nobody cares about the historical heritage of that place, stop glorifying yourselves, get a cheap but practical place to so whatever and spend that money where it actually needs to be spent. Parliament is a fucking disgrace!

  3. British government wants to spend billions to do a bit of re-wiring still completely ignores legalising cannabis and generation hundreds of millions of pounds, potentially billions, after a number of years and creating potentially over 10,000 jobs Can't help but love our government! Fucking idiots…

  4. It’s embarrassing when the U.K. Government cannot properly upkeep its own house. Great example they are setting for proper governance they are.

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