Skip to main content

House of Lords: 1 and 2 Millbank

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

asked the Chairman of Committees:

What is the total cost of the work on 1 and 2 Millbank; and how much of that is in respect of accommodation in 2 Millbank currently occupied by the House of Lords; and [HL1471]

What is the estimated cost of the proposed temporary House of Lords accommodation at 14 Tothill Street (a) in total, including works and revenue costs; and (b) netted against the ordinary running costs of 1 Millbank if no changes were made. [HL1472]

The House Committee agreed on 17 April 2007 that work should be undertaken to redesign 1 Millbank to standards envisaged for the final design in 2015 when the incorporation of 5-7 Great College Street would be possible. The Committee further agreed that it would be necessary to decant the occupants of 2 Millbank during this first phase of refurbishment work.

The House Committee agreed on 4 December 2007 to adopt the final sketch plan for works to 1 and 2 Millbank at a cost of £29,298,158; and to undertake additional works at the same time to maintain the roof of the Island Site and the external facade of 1 Millbank and the internal redecoration of 2 Millbank at an additional cost of £2,532,750. The project costs were compiled on the basis of works to be undertaken to the site as a whole. It is not possible therefore to provide a breakdown of costs for the portion comprising 2 Millbank.

The rental cost of 14 Tothill Street to the House of Lords will be £1,633,437 per annum including VAT. The House will pay rates of £178,734 per annum. The design brief for the fit-out has yet to be finalised and the associated costs cannot therefore be established at this stage. All costs will require the approval of the House Committee before fit-out work can be undertaken.