11 Feb Even HRH has to have renovation works
The Queen is undertaking £369m renovation works at Buckingham Palace to bring the palace up to date.
For the first time in 60 years, ageing cables, lead pipes, wiring and boilers will be replaced, amid fears regarding potential fire and water hazards.
Away from the splendour of the state rooms, Buckingham Palace is showing its age.
While walking through the back corridors of the palace – the overall look is a little shabby.
According to the Royal Household, the palace’s boilers are more than 33 years old and spare parts for them are difficult to source. Much of the wiring is considered to have a real risk of fire and failure, while the majority of the mechanical and electrical systems are at least 40 years old.
The works will be phased, completing one wing at a time and awarding contracts separately for each phase, therefore aiming to minimise the financial and practical risks.