The iconic Buckingham Palace where Queen Elizabeth II resides is set to undergo a 369 million pounds refurbishment to future-proof the ageing building, the UK Treasury announced. The work addresses a serious risk of fire, flood and damage to the 17th-century, 775-room building and the royal art collection, the palace said on Friday.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family will remain in residence while the work is carried out between 2017 and 2027, but temporary accommodation will be built in the gardens of the Palace for some of the 37 staff who live there.
“Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, and this programme is designed to extend its working life by a further 50 years. On completion of the work, we’ll have a palace fit for purpose until 2067,” said Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the Queen’s household.
“The programme addresses parts of the structure you can’t see from the outside: the plumbing, electrics and other essential building services which have gone six decades without a comprehensive upgrade,” he said.
“We take the responsibility that comes with receiving these public funds extremely seriously indeed. Equally, we are convinced that by making this investment in Buckingham Palace now we can avert a much more costly and potentially catastrophic building failure in the years to come,” Johnstone-Burt said.
David Gauke, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “These urgent works have been properly costed and will ensure the Palace can continue its centuries-long tradition of being the working house of our Monarch. We will ensure every penny spent achieves the greatest value for money.”