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Portcullis House, London

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Portcullis House is an office building in Westminster, London, UK, that was commissioned in 1992 and opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 members of parliament and their staff. Part of the Parliamentary Estate, the building augments limited space in the Palace of Westminster and surroundings.
The architects, Michael Hopkins and Partners, published their design in 1993 and the existing buildings on the site were demolished in 1994. At the same time, London Underground was building the Jubilee Line Extension, including a new interchange station at Westminster tube station which occupies the same area; the two were thus designed and built as a single unit. Construction began with works to the existing District line station at sub-basement level. The track had to be lowered slightly and underpinned to allow the extensive excavation to the Jubilee line many feet below. The building above ground began to rise in 1998 and opened in 2001. It is located at the corner of Bridge Street (at the western end of Westminster Bridge) and Victoria Embankment – overlooking the River Thames – and adjacent to the Norman Shaw South Building, which also overlooks the river.
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  • A very interesting addition to the Parliament. Spectacular interior, good cafe, nice arts (not allowed to take pictures of). I’ve visited it during Open London ‘18 and thus didn’t attend a regular tou...  more »
  • Good people, helpful, fine security, good spaces for meetings, wonderful Atrium, light ad airy, good wheelchair access.  more »
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  • Yesterday I had the privelidge to lead a presentation to a select committee and guests at Portcullis House. ONCE through security we had the most amazing experience, in a great environment steeped in history and art and architecture. Marred only by security! As an ex-serviceman of the British Army, I FULLY understand the need for security and vigilance. I also appreciate it can often be a very repetitive and thankless task. However, in more than 12 years service to my country did I EVER turn up for work, looking like a bedraggled wreck having been dragged through a hedge and was so rude to members of the public. I was both shocked at the turnout of at least half of the security staff and even more so as to the impertinent, domineering and district lack of care for any kind of customer SERVICE. Rude and oppressive is how I'd describe them, and not fitting to be in such a high profile environment.
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