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Sneak peek: MPs could move into this glass dome on the Thames

by LLB Reporter
3rd Oct 16 10:38 am

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MPs could move into a glass dome on the Thames as the Palace of Westminster undergoes refurbishment.

Designed by architect Gensler, plans show that the structure could be put together in a shipyard in the UK and then floated down the river.

Ian Mulcahey, the design firm’s managing director, said: “The concept provides a simple solution to what is a very complex problem.

“The challenge has been to find a location that enables all the key components of Parliament to be located together in close proximity to the wider government estate in Whitehall.

“The Palace of Westminster is one of the most important symbols of democracy in the world.

“This scheme provides a powerful expression of continuity and reinforces UK’s world-leading creative expertise.”

Duncan Swinhoe, regional managing principal at Gensler, said: “Once the refurbishment of the palace is complete, the modular structure could be relocated and adapted to provide a permanent legacy such as a museum for democracy or alternatively a new parliament for an emerging overseas democracy.”

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