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  • International Workplace
  • 25 July 2017
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Restoring the Palace of Westminster: meet the man in charge!

If you’re involved in construction or facilities management, there’s a unique opportunity to meet the man in charge of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme at a key industry dinner.

The 1,100-room Palace of Westminster dates from the mid-1800s and is now one of the most iconic and significant buildings in the world. The previous building was devastated by fire in 1834 but the oldest part of the Parliamentary Estate, Westminster Hall, built in 1099, survived and is still in use today. The Palace is now a Grade I listed building and, with Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church, forms part of the UNESCO Westminster World Heritage Site. More than a million people pass through its doors each year.

According to the restoration project website, since its construction, many features have never undergone major renovation. The heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are now extremely antiquated and improvements to fire safety are needed. The cumulative effects of pollution and lack of maintenance is causing extensive decay to stonework. The roofs are leaking, asbestos is present throughout, and corrosion has occurred in gutters and downpipes; internal plumbing regularly fails, causing visible and sometimes irreversible damage to the Palace’s carved stonework ceilings and historic interiors.

While the need for refurbishment and renewal is unquestionable, the way in which the required restoration should be carried out, its impact on the day-to-day operations of parliament, and the cost of funding the project have all attracted major media scrutiny.

The man tasked with heading up the project is Tom Healey, Director of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme, who is Guest of Honour and After Dinner Speaker at the Annual Dinner for FM and the Built Environment taking place on 27 September in London. A black tie event run by the Pattenmakers, the leading livery company for the facilities management sector, it’s a unique opportunity to meet Tom and fellow professionals over a convivial dinner, and to find out more about this high profile restoration project.

Tickets cost £110. The dinner takes place at 19:15 at the Grocer’s Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R, 8AD, with Tom’s presentation and a drinks reception starting at 18:15.

For more information or to reserve places, download the booking form here.