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Royal Collection Trust announces architects for £37m of work

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Burd Haward and Purcell have landed work on high-profile projects to revamp the Queen’s residences at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse 

The Royal Collection Trust has announced £37 million of funding for a series of schemes aimed at boosting public access to the historic sites as part of its new Future Programme. 

At Windsor Castle, conservation specialist Purcell will work on increasing accessibility for visitors to the ground floor state apartments as well as opening up the landmark’s 14th century undercroft as a café. 

The £27million project will also see Windsor Castle’s Georgian entrance hall reinstated and create a new learning centre. 

Meanwhile Burd Haward has been lined up to work on the £10million transformation of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. 

The practice will design a new family room for the palace while also restoring the interiors of the Abbey Strand buildings - which sit just outside the palace gates – to create a learning centre. 

The design team in full 

Architect and lead designer (Windsor Castle) Purcell
Architect and lead designer (Holyroodhouse) Burd Haward Architects
Exhibition design Nissen Richards
Environmental engineers Max Fordham
Landscape architects J&L Gibbons
Structural engineers David Narro Associates
Cost consultants Mace
Project managers Lend Lease 

Andrew Clark, chairman of AJ100 practice Purcell, said its work at Windsor would ’improve the presentation of the spectacular collections on display and transform the experience of visiting this wonderful historic building for the hundreds of thousands of people who do so each year.’ 

Director of Burd Haward Architects, Catherine Burd, confirmed it was overseeing a ‘number of projects’ at the Palace of Holyroodhouse which would allow the ’hugely important building and the works of art on display there to be better understood and enjoyed by all’. 

Jonathan Marsden, director of the Royal Collection Trust, commented: ‘Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh’s royal palace, are two of the most important historic buildings in Britain and home to some of the greatest works of art. Future Programme represents an important investment to enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the Palaces and the Royal Collection and to deliver the best-possible experience of visiting these royal residences.’ 

Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse have been royal palaces since the 12th century and today they are the official royal residences of the Queen. 

The Future Programme will be the most significant investment in the Royal Collection Trust’s estate since the Queen’s Galleries at Buckingham Palace opened to the public in 2002. 

The work is set to begin in 2017 and is scheduled to complete in 2018.

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