New Images Of The Stunning New West Block House Of Commons

Earlier this year, MPs and Senators decided to delay their planned summer move out of Centre Block until the winter break, citing “finishing touches” left to be done on the “temporary” House and Senate buildings. That means the Centre Block, which currently houses both the House of Commons and Senate chambers, will stay open through the end of 2018. The West Block has been under construction since 2011 in anticipation for becoming the “temporary” House of Commons while the Centre Block is closed for a decade of renovation.

More images are beginning to emerge, showing the interior of the new House chamber, which is situated in what used to be the O-shaped exterior courtyard of the West Block.

Light will shine down through the new glass ceiling that is held aloft by tree-shaped steel columns. The building’s extensive stonework required masons to remove and number each chunk of sandstone, so that once cleaning and fixing is complete they’ll knew exactly where to everything back. During the peak of masonry work, more than 200 specialists were on site per day. For more images and a detailed article, click on this link from the Globe & mail:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-the-rehabilitation-of-parliament-hills-west-block/

And here’s an artist’s rendering of the new Senate Chamber within the Government Conference Centre, which will also be occupied in the new year.

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