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Portcullis House London Architecture
Parliament Building Leaks, Westminster, England, UK – design by Hopkins + Partners, architects
17 Jun 2016
No risk posed by Portcullis House roof, says study
A year-long study into the causes of cracks in roof panels at the Hopkins-designed Portcullis House has completed, reports the Architect’s Journal.
8 Mar 2016
Portcullis House Faults
MPs may sue over Portcullis House Flaws
The atrium has been littered with scaffolding and buckets catching water ever since the building opened in 2001, reports The Independent.
MPs want to sue the architecture and engineering firms that built their £235m office block in Westminster over the cracks and leaks in its atrium roof.
Last week The IoS revealed that consultants have been hired by the House of Commons to work out how the structure might be repaired. MPs on the 11-strong finance committee fear the consultants will recommend installing a new roof that could cost £100m. Some of them raised the prospect of suing Hopkins + Partners, which designed Portcullis, and the structural engineer Arup.
Allowing for inflation, Portcullis is one of the most expensive buildings of its size ever constructed in the UK; a tunnel links it to the Palace of Westminster.
The situation is further complicated because Arup is also bidding for work on a much bigger job: the refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament , which could cost as much as £7bn when it starts in the early 2020s:
picture courtesy of architects Foster + Partners
Arup is one of the world’s most respected engineering groups; its most famous project was the Sydney Opera House. Hopkins is considered to be one of an elite group of British architecture firms; its work includes the much lauded velodrome in the London 2012 Olympic Park and the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, south-west London.
Website: Portcullis House flaws – article
Website: Portcullis House Building
Portcullis House London
2 Bridge Street, Westminster, London, England
Date built: 1989-2000
Architects: Hopkins + Partners
Photo © Keepclicking – added 10 Sep 2012:
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Below the building is Westminster Underground Station, also by the same architects, Hopkins + Partners, built in 1990-99.
Palace of Westminster:
Address: 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR, United Kingdom
Construction started: 1992
Construction completed: 2001
Phone: +44 20 7219 3000
Nearest Tube Station: Westminster
Location: 2 Bridge Street, Westminster, London, SW1A 2LW, England, UK
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