MPs could be housed in 'pop-up Parliament' at Horse Guards parade during £4 billion Westminster repairs

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MPs could be housed in a “pop-up Parliament” based in Horse Guards Parade amid plans to shut the Palace of Westminster for vital repairs, reports claim.

A purpose-built structure made of glass and steel could be erected at the historic landmark has been proposed as a new base for ministers and staff while £4billion-worth of repairs are carried out at Westminster.

According to the Mail on Sunday, plans emerged last night to have the facility designed by Lord Foster, the man behind the Gherkin and City Hall.

A complete parliamentary complex would be created under a glass dome similar to original plans for Crystal Palace built in 1851, the newspaper reported.

Lord Foster described his plan to restore Parliament as an “extraordinary opportunity”. 

The plans come after a joint Lords and Commons committee backed proposals to split MPs and peers between two separate sites over the six-years needed for the works.

The Queen would have to support plans for Horse Guards Parade as it would mean moving her birthday celebrations for several years.

A spokesman for the Restoration and Renewal Programme told the Mail on Sunday: “Horse Guards Parade had been considered as a possible location. However, it is currently not the preferred temporary accommodation option.”


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