House of Commons

Like all organisations – maybe more so, Parliament has traditional structures that evolved for good reason. But requirements change, and Parliament’s research resources – with separate departments servicing Members and Select Committees – face intensified pressure for information and speed of response. With this objective, ZZA were commissioned to research the business case to co-locate the Library and Committee teams. Our work resulted in the two departments co-locating, to help achieve synergies, improve resilience, and promote information flow.

ZZA cautions that space solutions can only enable interaction; our studies show that cultural change is mainly behavioural. Some two years after the House of Commons’ research departments co-located, ZZA were commissioned to re-engage with them. Our POE evidenced increased cross-team collaboration, and provided spatial and organisational steers to further promote interactive work and synergy.