You don’t know how government building contracts work then. Every aspect of the project will be awarded to a firm who stretches the contract for more dollars than allocated. These firms are expert at this. There will be no accountability from government project managers, of which there will be at least 20 over the span of the project. It’ll be run by different silos in different ministries with no real accounting of actual costs. This will be a cash cow for the consultants in this town.
you forgot potential changes of government. the liberals might want something else altogether. let's hope it doesn't turn out like the british library, but then that was the biggest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century:
Where to start with designing a building set to hold an almost unimaginably large number of books? Not to mention a myriad of stamps, maps, manuscripts, newspapers and sound recordings which also make up our collection.
This was the challenge facing architect Sir Colin St. John Wilson (1922–2007), together with partner MJ Long (1939–2018) and their teams, when tasked with designing the British Library.
The building’s construction – dubbed the ‘30-year war’ – was far from plain sailing.
With a site near the British Museum first approved in 1964, and the existing St Pancras design given the go-ahead in the mid-70s, architects Wilson and Long had to battle against spiralling costs, government changes and funding cuts for over three decades until the building was complete.
Nonetheless the British Library eventually opened in 1998, with Wilson being given a knighthood the same year, and building was awarded its Grade 1 listing in 2015.
i vaguely recall reading that the bc archives reading room is below sea level. if that's the case it probably isn't a good place to store primary-source documents so i hope they move it somewhere else.