Decanting Parliament – A few ideas from the past

In its first report, published on July 2016, the Joint Select Committee on the Palace of Westminster recommended a full decant as the best option. It was one three delivery options outlined in the Independent Options Appraisal in September 2014: Rolling programme, Partial Decant and Full Decant. The Committee argued that the full decant option:… Continue reading Decanting Parliament – A few ideas from the past

The Ventilation Towers of the Houses of Parliament

View of Central Tower from roof of the Palace of Westminster (c) Houses of Commons In informal conservations about my work at the Houses of Parliament I get frequently asked about the purpose of the gothic towers, spires and turrets. These conversations revealed that many people assume that they were added for architectural effect. Indeed people… Continue reading The Ventilation Towers of the Houses of Parliament

The forgotten voids of the Palace of Westminster

Last month I went on exploratory walks with the team of surveyors and staff of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme team. The aim was to explore some of the forgotten voids inside the Houses of Parliament that had once formed part of the original, now disused, nineteenth-century ventilation system. Many of these spaces… Continue reading The forgotten voids of the Palace of Westminster

(Re-)Assembling past environmental principles

This week was the start of a large research project that I will be leading over the next three years. It is entitled ‘Between Heritage and Sustainable – Restoring the Palace of Westminster’s nineteenth-century ventilation system,’ and funded through a grant from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project’s objective is to regain… Continue reading (Re-)Assembling past environmental principles