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In June 2015, the long-awaited independent options appraisal (IOA) produced by Deloitte Real Estate, AECOM and HOK for Parliament, setting out a range of options for carrying out a major restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, was published.
The renovation, which will require the complete replacement of the Palace’s heating, ventilation, electrical and water systems, presents huge and complex architectural and engineering challenges ahead. Representatives from Parliament’s Restoration and Renewal Programme, the IOA consortium, and lead researcher on the Palace’s original Victorian ventilation system, will discuss historic challenges and potential solutions for the M&E works.
17:30 - 19 October 2015
18:00 Lecture to commence
19:30 Lecture concludes
Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt: Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture, University of Kent
Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt is currently Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Kent. Since 2012 Henrik has been conducting a study of the Houses of Parliament’s Victorian stack ventilation system, which was in continuous use from the mid-nineteenth century through to the 1940s, when it was abandoned in favour of a mechanical approach. Working with Parliament’s Restoration and Renewal programme team and Estates Directorate, Henrik’s research aims to provide a critical understanding of the original Victorian system and how far this system could be re-used as part of a new ventilation strategy for the Palace.
Andrew Piper: Engineering Workstreams , UK Parliament
Andrew Piper is currently leading on all engineering workstreams associated with the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme. Before joining the programme he worked within the Parliamentary Estate Directorate, responsible for all mechanical and public health engineering standards and systems. Andrew has a comprehensive knowledge of the Palace as it stands today and has used that familiarity to support Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt and others in their research. Prior to joining Parliament Andrew worked as a Senior Engineer on a wide range of projects at URS Infrastructure & Environment.
David Waterhouse: Regional Director, IOA Consortium
David is a Regional Director within ioA Consortium running a building engineering production team in St Albans. With more than 25 years’ experience in building engineering, David led the engineering workstream for the independent options Appraisal of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme (produced by Deloitte Real Estate, AECoM and HoK). Prior to his work on the Palace, David has worked on many high profile historic buildings including the restoration of Windsor Castle following the fire in the 1990s, construction of the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, modernisation of air conditioning for the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House and more recently the creation of a luxury hotel at the Café Royal, Piccadilly and refurbishment of the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn.
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