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Monday28 July 2014

HOK confirmed winner of Palace of Westminster job

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Consortium includes Aecom for Parliament revamp

HOK has been confirmed as the architect appointed to conduct an options appraisal for the £1bn-plus restoration of the Palace of Westminster.

A consortium led by Deloitte Real Estate and including Aecom and HOK was officially announced as the winning bidder today, two weeks after the news was revealed by BD’s sister title Building.

The maximum cost of the options appraisal has been set at £2,019,295 with a fixed price due to be agreed two months into the survey.

HOK will now assess the cost and viability of three main options: repairs over an indefinite period of time; a programme of substantial repairs while the palace remains in use; and a concentrated period of works while parliamentary activities are moved elsewhere.

A written statement presented to both Houses of Parliament said: “The palace will require very significant renovation in the years to come. Selection of a preferred way forward is expected to occur during the course of the next parliament, not this one.”

The HOK consortium was appointed over four other teams bidding which featured Donald Insall Architects, HLM Architects, Purcell and Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners.

Work on the study will begin early next year.

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