LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers will go away the Palace of Westminster for a minimum of six years to permit for a proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment, the primary time politicians have left the historic constructing en masse since World War Two.
At a vote on Wednesday, lawmakers voted in favour of a “full decant” of the constructing, home to the “Big Ben” clock tower, maybe London’s best-known landmark, to attempt to repair a mess of issues that some politicians mentioned had made the palace a possible “death trap”.
The deliberate transfer, a part of a proposed 5.6 billion pound modernisation, won’t take impact till 2025 on the earliest.
“There are difficult decisions to make on how we best protect one of the world’s most iconic buildings for future generations, but we must address these decisions head on,” Andrea Leadsom, chief of the House of Commons, informed lawmakers, a lot of whom had been reluctant to depart the constructing.
“The Palace of Westminster is the seat of our democracy, an iconic world famous building and it is in dire need of repair,” she mentioned, including there have been “critical risks” on the palace, the place during the last 10 years 60 incidents may have led to hearth.
Westminster has been on the coronary heart of British politics for some 900 years and lawmakers have gathered on the identical website since 1547. The Palace of Westminster was virtually fully destroyed by a fireplace in 1834 and it was rebuilt in 1852. The Big Ben bell was put in within the clock tower seven years later.
Reporting by Elizabeth Piper