A contract to manage the massive refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament was awarded to Аmerican infrastructure and engineering group CH2M, the Telegraph reports today.
A second contract for architectural and design services was handed to international consultancy BDP.
The Palace of Westminster is said not to have been updated or overhauled since construction in the mid-1800s. Estimates on how much the work will cost vary, but one of the projections says that shutting Parliament and relocating MPs while the work was carried out would total £3.5bn and take six years.
A rolling programme in which MPs remained in the building with sections of Westminster being shut down to allow work would cost £5.7bn and take 32 years.
Parliament has yet to make a decision on how exactly to carry out the work.