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Sri Lankan Parliament Building
Building information
Name Sri Lankan Parliament Building
Location Fort, Colombo
Country Sri Lanka
Architect Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa
Client Government of Sri Lanka
Cost Rs 450,000

The Parliament Building of Sri Jayawardenepura, is the building that houses the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka. Situated in the Sri Jayawardenepura, the administrative capital. Built on a island it is surrounded by the Diyawanna Oya.


On January 29, 1930 the British Governor of Ceylon, Sir Herbert Stanley (1927-1931), opened a building fronting the ocean at Galle Face, Colombo, designed for meetings of the Legislative Council. It was subsequently used by the State Council (1931-1947), the House of Representatives (1947-1972), the National State Assembly (1972-1977) and the Parliament of Sri Lanka (1977-1981). Today the Old Parliament Building is used by the Presidential Secretariat.

In 1967 under Speaker Sir Albert F. Peris, the leaders of the political parties unanimously resolved that a new Parliament building should be constructed on the opposite side of Beira Lake from the existing Parliament at Galle Face, but no further action was taken. While Stanley Tilakaratne was the Speaker (1970-77), the leaders of the political parties entrusted the drawing up of plans for a new Parliament building to architects, but the project was subsequently abandoned.

On July 4, 1979, then Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa obtained sanction from Parliament to construct a new Parliament Building at Duwa, a 5 hectare (12 acre) island in the Diyawanna Oya (off Baddegana Road, Pita Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte) about 16 kilometres (10 miles) east of Colombo. The island was where the palace of the King Vikramabahu III's powerful Minister Nissaka Alakesvara had been situated. It had belonged to E. W. Perera prior to being vested in the state.

The building was designed by architect Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa and built with Sri Lankan funds. On April 29, 1982, the new Parliamentary Complex was declared open by then President J.R. Jayewardene.

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