Wates secures contract for Parliament’s Northern Estate Programme

WCN Editorial Team 16 May 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The Wates Group has been appointed framework contractor for the renovation of several buildings on UK Parliament’s Northern Estate.

The programme is aimed at protecting listed heritage buildings in Westminster, including Norman Shaw North and South, 1 Parliament Street and 1 Derby Gate.

It will also help ensure accommodation and facilities for the House of Commons to move out of the Palace of Westminster during a multi-year programme of restoration and renewal in the mid-2020s.

Built between 1864 and 1906, the buildings currently provide office accommodation to more than 950 people.

Work, which is expected to commence in 2019, will increase the amount and standard of office space and deliver an estate that will reduce running costs, increase environmental performance and improve safety and accessibility.

Currently, the programme is in the design and planning stages for individual buildings.

Wates was chosen after a competitive procurement process in compliance with EU tendering rules.

Wates Construction group managing director Paul Chandler said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver this nationally significant and exciting programme of work on the Parliamentary estate and look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Parliament.

“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.

“We will bring more than 120 years of experience and knowledge to this project and will create a lasting legacy through our commitment to providing new training, employment and skills opportunities.”

Current work being executed by Wates includes upgrading the Palace of Westminster’s automatic fire detection and alarm system as part of its Life Safety Systems programme.

It has completed the renovation of a significant section of Millbank House, a Grade II listed six-storey building used by the House of Lords.

Wates has also constructed the Victoria & Albert Museum extension at Exhibition Road, creating a column-free underground exhibition space.

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