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Britain`s Royal palaces are `beyond repair`

Last Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 20:46

London: Historic sections of many of the
Royal palaces in Britain, including the Buckingham Palace and
Windsor Castle, are "in urgent need of renovation but there`s
no money to rebuild the collapsed walls and ceilings".

This stark warning comes from the Royal household`s
head of property services, Graham Sharpe, in an email sent to
senior officials at English Heritage, which is a public body
of the British government with a broad remit of managing the
historic built environment of England.

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the
British Queen in London while Windsor Castle is her favourite
weekend home.

But, lead roofs at Windsor Castle and Buckingham
Palace need immediate renovation, according to the email that
has also outlined other problems at Windsor which suffered a
major fire in 1992, `The Sunday Telegraph` reported.

"The lead roofs there as a whole are at the end
of their life and the only areas to be re-roofed by 1997 were
in the Fire Restoration. There are 26 other identifiable roofs
that need to be renewed. All were patched in 1997 and we were
advised that the patches would extend the life by 12-15 years.

"We should therefore have undertaken two per year at
a cost of 280 K pounds or so each. We have only been able to
complete two since 1997.

"You may question why we can`t prioritise these roofs
against other projects in the programme. The reality is that
Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews (a complex of stables at
the palace) have the same issues with roof repairs," he wrote.

Work on the roofs at the castle and the palace is
expected to cost around 13 million pounds.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 20:46

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