Parliament – A Building Catastrophe?

Posted on October 17th, 2017 by Carl Jackson

With the Summer furore about the silencing of Big Ben’s bongs still ringing in our ears, the flagship BBC Radio 4 ‘Analysis’ programme will be drawing upon research conducted by the Sir Bernard Crick Centre at the University of Sheffield to examine why repairing the physical fabric of the Palace of Westminster seems to be causing such difficulty.
Carriage Gates, Palace of Westminster

Image courtesy of Prioryman CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The programme will be on at 8.30pm UK time on Monday 23rd October. You can listen via the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b099xz21

Centre Director Prof Matthew Flinders commented: “This research has revealed ┬áthe manner in which the physical structure of the building reflects a complex web of cultural, political and psychological issues making progress difficult. In many ways the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster – a multi-billion and potentially multi-decade mega-project – can be interpreted as a metaphor project for a number of far broader concerns about the state of British democracy.”

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