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Buckingham Place is to undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing £369m, the Royal Household has announced.

The Queen will remain in residence during the work, to begin next April.

Buckingham Palace to get £369m refurbishment


BBC News
18 November 2016



Buckingham Place is to undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing £369m, the Royal Household has announced.

The Queen will remain in residence during the work, to begin next April.

Ageing cables, lead pipes, wiring and boilers will be replaced, many for the first time in 60 years, owing to fears about potential fire and water damage.

Tony Johnstone-Burt, Master of the Queen's Household, said phased works offered the "best value for money" while keeping the palace running.

The works will be funded by a temporary increase in the Sovereign Grant, as recommended by the Royal Trustees, who include the prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer.

This funding change will require MPs' approval.

Mr Johnstone-Burt added: "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."

Buckingham Palace to get £369m refurbishment - BBC News