Parliamentary Education Centre
The purpose of the project was to establish a dedicated Education Centre to increase the number of young learners from across the country visiting the Palace of Westminster from the previous 45,000 a year in 2012/13 to 100,000 per year. This will enhance the Education team’s ability to explain the origin and evolution of Parliamentary democracy as exemplified by the Westminster Parliament.
The Parliamentary Education Team’s brief was for a temporary building that would last approximately ten years, to be then replaced by a permanent facility as part of the Palace of Westminster’s Restoration and Renewal Programme. The facility required 4 learning spaces and an immersive experience room as well as a breakout/lunch area, WC’s, reception, and security.
The Education Centre is sited at the north end of the Grade II listed Victoria Tower Gardens which is one of the most significantly sited of the London parks. Feilden+Mawson’s design for the Education Centre was completed in conjunction with Kim Wilkie, a renowned landscape architect, as a building that is part of the landscape setting of the Palace of Westminster. Landscaping changes helped integrate the building into the Gardens by means of new substantial planting with a pitched and flat green roofs. The existing path layout was altered to respond more appropriately to the Burghers of Calais statue and new integrated stone bench seating was provided which offers much improved views to the south of the park.
Location:Department: Education Service