The Palace of Westminster, home to the UK Parliament, is undergoing a Restoration and Renewal Programme to protect and preserve the heritage of the building for the 21st century. It is an enormous undertaking that involves extensive work in every area – both externally and internally. The House of Lords asked us to produce a set of videos for public viewing, to show the problems and explain the challenges the restoration team is facing.
The brief was to produce six videos. An overview video to explain the gravity of the state of repair and how Parliament is working to solve the problems. The other five videos would explain particular aspects of work – i.e. roofs, gutters and drains; windows; stonework; M&E; and protecting the Palace from fire.
Our director and crew spent five days filming around the Palace – from the roofs down to the basement. They also filmed interviews with the key people overseeing the delivery of the multi-million pound project. It was often early morning starts, to avoid the thousands of visitors who walk through the public rooms and corridors each day.
To tell the story, we wrote a commentary for each video and interspersed this with sound bites from the contributors. Each video begins with a recap of the overall problem, and then goes on to explain a particular issue.
The first video explains the gravity of the state of repair and how Parliament is working to solve the problems. The other five videos explain particular aspects of work – i.e. roofs, gutters and drains; windows; stonework; wiring and heating; and protecting the Palace from fire.
The videos have been viewed by thousands of people on YouTube and the Parliament website and have been extremely successful in gaining public understanding of the problems and the necessity and scale of the remedial work involved.
The videos have been viewed by thousands of people – on the Parliament website, as well as on YouTube. See the videos on the Parliament website.