Palace of Westminster: Videos showing why work is needed

Since the Palace was built in the mid-1800s, many parts have never undergone major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are now extremely antiquated – some of the pipes are more than 100 years old.

View the Palace of Westminster video series, giving you a rare, behind the scenes look at the state of the Palace and the challenges facing those tasked with maintaining it. The videos can be viewed individually below:

[Video above: Setting the scene: the unique heritage of the Palace and why the work is needed]


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External links

Live video feed

A webcam is recording progress of the current cast iron roof refurbishment

  • Real-time feed (external site)
  • A time lapse video of the works is available via the same link