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Parliament vacation is the correct decision, says CIBSE

In response to the publication of the first report by the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster, which recommends MPs vacate both houses of Parliament for six years John Field, President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, said:

"We are very pleased that the Joint Committee has acted on the advice that we gave, and recommended that MPs move out of the Palace of Westminster while renovation takes place, rather than trying to complete the work around them whilst they are in-situ.

“Building services are an extremely important part of any building, and this report acknowledges that getting them right can be a matter of life and death. It is also very important that the whole life performance of the renewed Palace is carefully considered. The Joint Committee recognises that ensuring that we deliver a Parliament fit for the 21st century with good value to the electorate who fund it requires a systemic, whole life approach to the project, which isn’t feasible in a situation where the MPs remain in place.”