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The plan to save the seat of democracy

We will transform the Palace of Westminster, home of the Houses of Parliament, to be fit for the future as the working home for our democracy. It will be welcoming to all and a celebration of our rich heritage. At every stage we will ensure value for money for the taxpayer.

Everyone will move out of the Palace so the biggest heritage restoration ever undertaken in the UK can begin. The first essential step is to create temporary homes for the Commons and Lords.

Strategic Review

Plans for the vital restoration needed to save the Houses of Parliament will be examined by an expert team set up by the Sponsor Body in charge of the work.

How the programme is progressing

Planning, design and surveys are all underway now that Parliament has agreed that the best and most cost-effective way to carry out the work is in one single phase.

A temporary home for the Commons

The next planned step in the Restoration and Renewal Programme is for the House of Commons to be temporarily relocated elsewhere in the Parliamentary Estate

A temporary home for the Lords

The House of Lords is expected to move to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, opposite Westminster Abbey.

Restoring the Palace

Work has started on extensive surveys and inspections throughout the Palace to better understand the condition of the building.

Protecting the heritage collections

The Palace is home to thousands of treasures and an archive dating back to the 15th century. All these items will be protected.