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The Parliamentary Buildings SW1

Location: London



These old Parliamentary Offices are situated in the heart of Whitehall. Beginning at the junction of Bridge Street and Whitehall, opposite the Palace of Westminster, the offices extend the full length of Whitehall as far as its junction with Derby Gate. A collection of individual buildings now converted into one, these historically significant offices required extensive restoration to return them to their original splendour. The building contains the private living quarters of numerous Parliamentary officials including, perhaps most notably, Black Rod.

Innovative chemical products were used to remove some of the existing decorative layers. The technique exposed suitable substrates then available for the fine redecorations that were undertaken. Existing masonry and stone features were carefully restored, and a comprehensive cleaning and external redecorating programme was implemented.

Security protocols at this high profile property needed to be strictly enforced. All Kenyon staff were CRB checked and subjected to MOD approval. Strict admission procedures were put in place that required the contractor to be particularly disciplined in its approach. Flexibility was also key to the success of the project, with Kenyon’s workforce often required to suspend work in order to accommodate the needs of building’s occupants.