The Independent Options Appraisal (IOA) of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme is an independent assessment of a range of options, with costs and timescales, for a major restoration and renewal of the Palace.
The IOA was published on 18 June 2015. A new Joint Select Committee of the two Houses was formed in July 2015 to consider the findings of the report. The Committee will recommend a preferred way forward, with a decision in principle expected to be made by members of both Houses in spring 2016.
The scope of the IOA
The IOA explores a range of scenarios combining potential improvements (ranging from minimum requirements to substantial improvements) with three delivery options:
- Continuing repairs and replacement of the fabric and systems of the Palace over a significant period of time.
- A defined, rolling programme of more substantial repairs and replacement over a long period, but still working around continued use of the Palace.
- Scheduling works over a more concentrated period with parliamentary activities moved elsewhere to allow unrestricted access for the delivery of works.
Background to the IOA
In 2012 the House of Commons Commission and the House of Lords House Committee commissioned a Pre-feasibility Study. The study indicated that, unless significant conservation work is undertaken, major, irreversible damage may be done. Both Houses agreed that doing nothing was not an option in order to protect the heritage of the Palace for future generations and ensure it can continue as home of the UK Parliament. Following consideration of the 2012 study, both Houses agreed to commission the IOA and in December 2013 the contract was awarded to a consortium led by Deloitte Real Estate, AECOM and HOK.