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National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 65029, tabled on 22 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of Victoria Tower Gardens will be removed from the use of local residents on a (a) temporary and (b) permanent basis; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which security issues are likely to cause disruption to the subsequent use of Victoria Tower Gardens by local residents.

Answered on

2 March 2017

The Government launched an international design competition for a new National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in September 2016 and this is still underway. A jury will select a winning design team in the coming months. The winning design team will work with Government in the months following to further develop their concept design, reflecting comments from technical experts and the general public. The competition brief is clear that the final design should improve the landscape qualities of Victoria Tower Gardens, while respecting and preserving the character and existing use of the Gardens as a public park, including for the use of local residents. The ten submitted designs include an underground learning centre.