National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

(asked on 28th March 2023) - View Source

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask His Majesty's Government what (1) area in square metres, and (2) proportion, of Victoria Tower Gardens as a whole will be occupied by the intended UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, including (a) the entrance pavilion, (b) courtyard and ramp into the Learning Centre, (c) associated hard standing, (d) service access, (e) new access paths, (f) the parts of the mound not accessible to the public, and (g) areas to be enclosed to ensure the security of the Centre.


Answered by
Baroness Scott of Bybrook Portrait
Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
This question was answered on 12th April 2023

Extensive information about the design of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was considered at the Planning Inquiry in October 2020 and remains publicly available on Westminster City Council’s website. The additional detail requested is set out in the table below and to provide further assistance and to illustrate the answers I am placing the three source documents in the Library:

  • Gross Internal Area (GIA) & Building Area Breakdown Schedule which shows the area in square metres of every internal space within the proposed Learning Centre, the Entrance Pavilion and the Café/Kiosk.
  • Park Area Diagram rev 2 which shows both the size of Victoria Tower Gardens and the area taken by the Holocaust Memorial above ground within the park.
  • Playground Area Adjustment which shows the boundaries and areas of the current playground and proposed reconfigured playground. It also shows the area between the Spicer Memorial in its proposed new location and the Holocaust Memorial’s entrance pavilion. This area would provide circulation space for all park users between the boundary of the reconfigured playground and the Memorial’s Entrance Pavilion.

Question

Answer

Source

1

The floor area in square metres of the proposed underground construction of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

3258 m2 * (includes 373m2 of unusable spaces such as voids, risers and areas with limited headroom) * all areas are gross internal floor area (GIFA) i.e. excluding external walls.

GIA & Building Area Breakdown Schedule

2

Percentage of the underground area that will be used for exhibitions and public space as part of the Learning Centre.

52.85% Mezzanine Level Lobby (103m2) Learning Centre (349 m2) Basement Level Threshold (314m2) Learning Centre (956 m2) Total = 1722 m2

GIA and Building Area Breakdown Schedule

3

Area in square metres of Victoria Tower Gardens as a whole, that will be enclosed to guarantee security around the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in addition to the area occupied by the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre itself.

Zero as an addition to the 1429 m2 occupied by the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

NHM Park Area Diagram rev 2

4

Proportion of (3)

Zero

NHM Park Area Diagram rev 2

5

Size in sqm of the current playground in Victoria Tower Gardens

1010 m2

Playground Area Adjustment

6

Size in sqm of the intended new playground

945 m2

Playground Area Adjustment

7

Size in sqm of the intended new café

15 m2 Café/Kiosk 38 m2 including generator and storage

GIA and Building Area Breakdown Schedule

8

Size in sqm of the part of the current playground to be occupied by UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre ticketing and associated works

23m2 Café/Kiosk generator and storage. Zero occupied by ticketing operations in the Entrance Pavilion. Footfall area 155 m2

GIA and Building Area Breakdown Schedule Playground Area Adjustment

9

Area in square metres of Victoria Tower Gardens as a whole that will be occupied by the intended UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, including (a) the entrance pavilion, (b) courtyard and ramp into the Learning Centre, (c) associated hard standing, (d) service access, (e) new access paths, (f) the parts of the mound not accessible to the public, and (g) areas to be enclosed to ensure the security of the Centre.

1429 m2

NHM Park Area Diagram rev 2

10

Proportion of (9)

7.58%

NHM Park Area Diagram rev 2

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