The government gave the project the green light after a public request. The main construction work for the € 100 million project will begin towards the end of the year.
The new Holocaust Memorial will be the national focal point to honor the 6 million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered in the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi persecution, including Roma, gays and the disabled.
The joint learning center will also focus on the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The government will contribute up to £ 75 million in construction costs, supplemented by £ 25 million from charitable donations.
Designed by Adjaye Associates with Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter & Bowman, much of the main building will be built underground.
A main entrance area, made up of 23 bronze fins depicting the countries where Jewish communities were destroyed during the Holocaust, leads down to the underground learning center, which includes a witness room and a contemplation courtyard.
Turner and Townsend are the primary project managers and cost consultants for the projects, with WSP providing structural and M&E advisory support for the project.
Community Secretary Robert Jenrick said, “This is an important moment for the whole country: Today’s decision means that the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Center will be built in the heart of Westminster, right next to Parliament.
“The government will now push ahead with the construction of the monument, which will begin this year.”