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http://news.sky.com/story/1504140/bill-for-crumbling-parliament-could-hit-6bn

Just bulldoze the place and re-locate them to where land & contractors are cheaper & get rid of all those troughers in the Lords whilst you're at it.

It is thought the cost of a full refit will be in the billions - Speaker John Bercow has already suggested that £3bn might be a "cautious" estimate. It was reported at the weekend that cost could soar to £6bn.

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A bargain. Just like all the other 'estimates', I have no doubt that should the project go ahead the end cost will be £10 billion plus.

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A bargain. Just like all the other 'estimates', I have no doubt that should the project go ahead the end cost will be £10 billion plus.

Indeed. Probably financed by Saudi Arabia & designed by the Candy Brothers.

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Still the money shot in London, undoubtedly the most impressive building in the capital, easily worth 3 billion a years in tourist revenues and international prestige which probably is the straw that might make the difference between an inflow of overseas money or not. It's just a mega feel good addition to London that brings in the lolly. St. pauls and Tower Bridge probably come in at two and three.

Sorry you have just got to maintain the monster. London's the greatest city in the world because of its buildings and they have to be maintained whatever the cost. It will be sad seeing it in scaffold mind.

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Only 4 days behind....

What's the plan to take down every piece of stone and relay it? How can it possible cost that much for building!

I sincerely apologise.

Merge this one then. Personally I'd just relocated them to a dis-used office block in Manc or Bham, perhaps an old call centre or injury claims for you type place & sell off the Westminster land for affordable housing.

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Sell it to <whoever got money?

Move parliament to Brum.

Rather would defeat the point, it's our Collisseum not just because it is London's most impressive buildings but it has the kudos of being the centre of power.

It's a mega money earner, London's money shot, that sees thousands of tourists standing on Westminster bridge by the hour.

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Still the money shot in London, undoubtedly the most impressive building in the capital, easily worth 3 billion a years in tourist revenues and international prestige

I would love to know what you are smoking.

By your reckoning the Bulgarians must be creaming in money from tourists and basking in all that 'international prestige'.

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This is the trouble with the public sector, they like spending other peoples money on themselves.

They should be using portacabins in Wolverhampton and meeting in the local school for debates/votes.

Total cost....a few 10's of K.

Instead.....6Billion.

IMHO, Criminal.

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I would love to know what you are smoking.

By your reckoning the Bulgarians must be creaming in money from tourists and basking in all that 'international prestige'.

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I couldn't disagree with you more...and that buildings looks a bit brutalist imo.

You are seriously saying that the Houses of Parliament is not an enormous tourist draw and probably the number one destination in London. Moreover an important addition to the environment for those living and working in the world's most desirable city. I guess if we hollowed out London and made it some modern brutalist concrete set we might indeed be able to afford to live there ourselves as opposed to the foreigners that pay millions of pounds a pop. God knows how we fund our current account deficit though.

I seriously wonder what the demolition squad are smoking.

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No it's really not.

Well it depends what floats your boat, I like old buildings. If we had followed the socialist model and just demolished it and gone high rise we would indeed be able to live there and it wouldn't be the residence of choice for the world's super rich.

I guess it depends on whether you are a local that wants to live there or just a provincial visitor.

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Still the money shot in London, undoubtedly the most impressive building in the capital, easily worth 3 billion a years in tourist revenues and international prestige which probably is the straw that might make the difference between an inflow of overseas money or not. It's just a mega feel good addition to London that brings in the lolly. St. pauls and Tower Bridge probably come in at two and three.

Sorry you have just got to maintain the monster. London's the greatest city in the world because of its buildings and they have to be maintained whatever the cost. It will be sad seeing it in scaffold mind.

Mind you the people could always use the erected scaffold for other purposes....

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I couldn't disagree with you more...and that buildings looks a bit brutalist imo.

You are seriously saying that the Houses of Parliament is not an enormous tourist draw and probably the number one destination in London. Moreover an important addition to the environment for those living and working in the world's most desirable city.

I seriously wonder what the demolition squad are smoking.

Having suffered the indignity of working in Whitehall recently I can confirm that Big Ben is a tourist draw. However, so are Bulgarians and Romanians dressed in silly costumes and they actually earn some money. Unlike Big Ben which only contributes to generating a huge crowd of foreign idiots with 'selfie sticks' - the only financial beneficiary is the Tesco Metro corridor next door. On a side note - and a good London anecdote - one of the Tesco worker ladies (obviously a non EU national immigrant) who I gave a nod and a smile every morning when I bought my sarnies ran out after me, sobbing and crying one day and begged me for a £2000 loan.

Keep telling yourself that London is 'the world's most desirable city'. In the early seventies 'flares' and ponchos where the most desirable fashion items. You are like those hapless people running out to buy Nissan Jukes - they will have no idea how naff they are until they look at an old photo of themselves with it in 15 years time. London is like that with you people.

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portcullis house was supposed to cost £165m and came in at £235m

That 42% overspend is not unusual for public buildings and there is no reason to suspect similar wouldn't happen on any future project

by comparison, a friend of mine that builds factories and warehouses for private companies for a living hasn't gone over budget by 1p on his last 18 projects

having won them in competitive tenders against contractors all across Europe, he must have been somewhere close to the lowest bid in the first place

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Well it depends what floats your boat, I like old buildings. If we had followed the socialist model and just demolished it and gone high rise we would indeed be able to live there and it wouldn't be the residence of choice for the world's super rich.

I guess it depends on whether you are a local that wants to live there or just a provincial visitor.

Guess so. Big difference between tourist and resident viewpoint. Lived in Sydney for a couple of years, and short-term work in NY. Both were visually and socially incredible compared to living in London. But then I like new buildings and nature/ocean, and as a cynic my idea of a holiday doesn't involve visiting contemporary temples of the state or religious establishment, anywhere.

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Having suffered the indignity of working in Whitehall recently I can confirm that Big Ben is a tourist draw. However, so are Bulgarians and Romanians dressed in silly costumes and they actually earn some money. Unlike Big Ben which only contributes to generating a huge crowd of foreign idiots with 'selfie sticks' - the only financial beneficiary is the Tesco Metro corridor next door. On a side note - and a good London anecdote - one of the Tesco worker ladies (obviously a non EU national immigrant) who I gave a nod and a smile every morning when I bought my sarnies ran out after me, sobbing and crying one day and begged me for a £2000 loan.

Keep telling yourself that London is 'the world's most desirable city'. In the early seventies 'flares' and ponchos where the most desirable fashion items. You are like those hapless people running out to buy Nissan Jukes - they will have no idea how naff they are until they look at an old photo of themselves with it in 15 years time. London is like that with you people.

It's a matter of taste, I like what I like.

London landmarks don't earn money in themselves, but they pull in the money for the capital. It's why many of the people are in the city in first place, either as place to live, do business or as a tourist. the value is incalculable.

Environment matters to economies.

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It's a matter of taste, I like what I like.

London landmarks don't earn money in themselves, but they pull in the money for the capital. It's why many of the people are in the city in first place, either as place to live, do business or as a tourist. the value is incalculable.

Agree it is subjective.

However I do believe that London is on a path to oblivion. It will have absolutely no shared future with the people of Britain.

Wether towards a future like Detroit or a future like those giant empty Russian Federation luxury shopping malls.

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Sorry you have just got to maintain the monster. London's the greatest city in the world because of its buildings and they have to be maintained whatever the cost. It will be sad seeing it in scaffold mind.

Funny that. Every time I see London on the TV I think to myself, thank f**k I don't have to live there!

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