This Is What Parliament Could Look Like If It Leaves London

By Zoe Craig Last edited 26 months ago
This Is What Parliament Could Look Like If It Leaves London
Architects' plans for a new Houses of Parliament in Bristol

The Houses of Parliament are in need of a serious refurb.

The restoration project, which might cost the taxpayer as much as £5.7bn, would require our politicians to find a new home for up to six years.

Step in architects Studio Egret West who have come up with a daring new plan to relocate the Houses of Parliament to Bristol.

The architects' project aims for a bonkers "21st century building that promotes greater accountability, visibility and connectivity between politicians and people".

The Palace of Westminster, in need of a massive restoration. Photo by Alex Pietzsch via the Londonist Flickrpool

The HoP Bristol drawings show a hill, which visitors are invited to climb in order to look down into the speaker's theatre (which will "encourage collective decision-making"); a debating chamber inspired by a clearing in the woods (meaning more "cross-party cooperation"); and, as with all new buildings being conceived at the moment, there'll be "flexible workspaces, visitor facilities, a hotel and restaurants".

The team HoP Bristol suggest that this solution to the restoration problem could save billions of pounds.

Want to find out more? Pop into HoP Bristol at Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ, between 10am and 6pm from 19 April to 6 May.

Last Updated 11 April 2016


much cheaper to move into the central methodist building across the street - that first housed the UN.

Greg Tingey

IF you are going to move the Lie Factory out of London, then it has to be somewhere central - like Derby, or Nottingham or Lichfield.
( NOT Brummagem - one it's a dump & two it should be nowhere near an airport .... )


Isn't that just a rehash of Foster's Reichstag?

Lee Butterley

Seems like a dumb idea to me. Much better to move it to Birmingham which is located centrally in the country and will have fast access to London and the North once HS2 is constructed.

Tube Geek

Bring it to Bristol! I would love to have Parliament in my home city! And, they could still live at 10 Downing Street, then get the train to Temple Meads and walk a few minutes. Genius!