Rusty roofs & leaking toilets: It could cost £6bn to refurbish crumbling Parliament

Would MPs have to move out?

As amazing as it looks from the outside, the Houses of Parliament are crumbling from the inside.

From collapsing stonework to leaking toilets, the Palace of Westminster is in a pretty bad condition.

Now a report has found that it could take up to £6bn to refurbish the 150-year-old Grade I listed building.

Take a look at the things going wrong with the Houses of Parliament:

Roof - corroded and leaking

Stonework – damaged over the year

Underground passages – full of electricity, heating and telephone cables stopping ventilation

The whole building is stuffed with asbestos

What’s going to happen now?

MPs are expected to be told to vacate the building but some of them don’t seem to happy about it.

Leader of the Commons Chris Grayling told MPs: “There are some interesting and difficult challenges ahead, some difficult decisions to take.

“But I would say to the House that instinctively I think it is important that this building remains consistently at the heart of our democracy and that we don’t end up being forced to move somewhere else.”

Other options include moving the Parliament to the nearby Methodist Central Hall or the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre or relocating to Birmingham.


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Readers' comments (2)

  • goverment should de-congest London and moving more Goverment Offices out what to talk of moving Brtish Parliament alone !!!!

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  • Michael Smith

    We should design a new, modern parliament building that is fit for the job and turn the Palace of Westminster into a visitor attraction.

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