DBR takes the lead in surveying the state of Parliament

Photo courtesy of the Commission for the Delivery and Renewal of the Houses of Parliament

The survey work is a precursor to the massive restoration programs being planned for the Palace of Westminster.

Heritage Specialist DBR (London) has been appointed as the main general contractor for the intervention survey by the Houses of Parliament Delivery and Renovation Authority.

Starting in July 2022, the project will see the construction of 23 wells up to 70 meters deep.

The selection of the DBR follows its appointment under the survey in February. Her work will also include casting rooms and the protection of heritage assets during the works, as well as the dismantling and replacement of the historic fabric to allow for intrusive investigations.

DBR CEO Adrian Atwood said: “We already have a long association with the Palace of Westminster, having recently completed two of the site’s most far-reaching conservation programmes: the Elizabeth Tower renovation and a decade-long restoration and replacement. 50,000 Incostic tiles from the estate have been awarded. This our team has a deep understanding of the specific requirements of this cherished master, which means that they have unparalleled knowledge and experience to oversee such a complex task, which requires the utmost care, wit, and attention to detail.”

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DBR will work alongside Aecom, Alan Conisbee & Associate, Concept Engineering Consultants, James Fisher Strainstall, and Ductclean.

Consultations will also be provided by the Museum of London, whose archaeologists will be on site to dig each hole, recording any finds of historical interest.

Elsewhere, DBR will oversee a survey of 160 rooms across Parliament, where floor slabs will be raised, wall excavations and ceiling slabs removed to assess a range of structural issues related to the intrusive survey. At the same time, specialized monitoring and evaluation teams will continue to examine hundreds of miles of interconnected power cables, gas, water and heating piping, and outdated water and sewage systems.

Starting in July, the surveys will run for the next 12 to 18 months.

David Goldstone, chief executive of the Restoration Delivery Authority, said: “Our experts are conducting the most detailed surveys ever of the Palace of Westminster, which will be necessary to inform decisions about essential restoration to preserve the historic Parliament Buildings. ”

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