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Deloitte Real Estate and AECOM with HOK to support the Palace of Westminster's Restoration and Renewal programme

17 December 2013

Today the House of Commons and House of Lords announced Deloitte Real Estate, AECOM and HOK as the team appointed to undertake an Independent Options Appraisal as part of the ‘Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme’.

Alex Bell, the team’s programme director and a partner of Deloitte Real Estate, said: “This is a hugely complex yet fascinating programme at possibly the UK’s most famous building and we are delighted to be selected to provide an independent appraisal of the options. Our team - Deloitte Real Estate, AECOM and HOK, have applied our complementary skill-sets to difficult and high profile real estate challenges across the public sector property portfolio, including Whitehall many times in the past. However, this programme has enthused our team at another level entirely and we are excited to begin.”  

John Hicks, programme director and head of the government sector at AECOM, said: “AECOM is extremely proud to have been selected to be part of the team to undertake this important piece of work for Parliament, drawing on our extensive experience on complex public sector projects such as London 2012, Crossrail and work on the Pentagon in the United States, as well as our history of work across Whitehall property portfolio.  Our team is committed to providing robust data to the Houses of Parliament, enabling them to make an informed decision on a preferred way forward for the restoration of the Palace of Westminster.”

Andrew Barraclough, director at HOK, added: “We are delighted to have secured this important commission. Through our work in the Palace of Westminster over the last 20 years we have gained an in-depth knowledge and sensitivity towards the work of Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin; and our aim is to ensure this icon of Britishness is safe-guarded for future generations.”

The study will explore a number of ways in which Parliament can remain operational whilst implementing long overdue essential works to protect this important Grade I listed building and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Deloitte Real Estate is providing programme management, report authoring and real estate advice. AECOM is the technical lead providing engineering, cost, risk, programme and construction logistics. HOK is providing architecture and heritage architecture services.


Notes to editors
The programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be undertaken at the Palace of Westminster. The contract involves the detailed appraisal of three broad approaches to the work:
•continuing repairs and replacement of the fabric and systems of the Palace over an indefinite period of time;
•a defined, rolling programme of more substantial repairs and replacement over a long period, but still working around continued use of the Palace; and
•scheduling the works over a more concentrated period with parliamentary activities moved elsewhere to allow unrestricted access to the Palace for the delivery of the works.

The Palace is a Grade I listed building and, with Westminster Abbey, forms part of the Westminster UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the official website for information on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster.

About Deloitte Real Estate
Deloitte Real Estate redefines the concept of a full-service real estate business, offering a breadth of capability and an innovative approach unequalled in the market.

Our team combines traditional property services with financial and business advisory expertise to deliver integrated solutions on the most simple assignment to the most complex. We apply a depth of insight drawn from our understanding of all industries and sectors to advise occupiers, lenders, investors and the public sector on every aspect of real estate in an increasingly complex world.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries and had revenue of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2013. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About HOK
HOK is one of the world’s most influential architectural design firms, with 1,700 staff in 25 offices around the globe. It celebrates diversity through the geographic reach, project genre and form and the talents of its multidisciplinary design professionals.

Renowned for designing some of the world’s most complex buildings, HOK's 170-person team in London has designed a variety of significant projects in the capital including: the Commons and Lords Committee Rooms; the Cabinet Office and the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms; the Ministry of Defence Headquarters; Foreign Commonwealth Office; Canada House; Kings Library; British Medical Association; Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum.

Current projects in the UK comprise: Lead Architect on the Francis Crick Institute Europe’s largest centre for biomedical research and innovation; Interiors Architect for the BBC’s flagship New Broadcasting House; Fisher Street Oversight Development

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