Britain`s Royal palaces are `beyond repair`
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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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