• Image: Parliamentary Education Centre
  • Image: Parliamentary Education Centre
  • Image: Parliamentary Education Centre

Today, (Wednesday 15 July) marks the official opening of Feilden+Mawson's new Education Centre at Parliament.

Professor Brian Cox OBE will open the centre and a ceremony attended by Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP and the Lord Speaker, the Rt Hon Baroness D'Souza, invited guests and young people. The new Centre will double the number of school children who can visit Parliament each year. In 2014/15 the Parliamentary Education Service welcomed 45,000 visitors to Parliament, from over 1500 schools. The new Education Centre will allow 100,000 school children to visit Parliament each year, a total of 1 million over the next decade. The Centre combines state-of-the-art technology with an environmentally sustainable building to offer young people and schools a world class facility in which to learn about Parliament, democracy and political history.

The Parliamentary Education Centre has been created to fit sympathetically with its surroundings. It has achieved a BREEAM rating of excellent for environmental sustainability.

Alan Robson, Lead Architect, said:

Feilden+Mawson are delighted to have designed such a seminal project for Parliament and a facility that will do so much to enhance the experience of young people visiting the Palace of Westminster in the future. The building is a subtle addition to Victoria Tower Gardens and has been designed to respond directly to the adjacent Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, enhancing the important links between old and new. I hope that the new Education Centre is an inspiring environment for learning and will bring years of enjoyment to all its users and visitors."