Mace and Lendlease among the firms appointed to improve public facilities at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse


Windsor Castle

Mace and Lendlease have won key roles on the revamp of Windsor Castle and the Palce of Holyroodhouse.

The £37m programme is being overseen by the royal family’s estates organisation The Royal Collection Trust and involves improvements to improve public facilities at both buildings.

Mace has been appointed cost consultant on the programme, while Lendlease will act as project manager. The wider project team includes Purcell as lead designer at Windsor Castle, Burd Haward Architects as lead designer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, David Narro Associates is structural engineer, Max Fordham is the environmental engineer and J&L Gibbons is the landscape architect.

Works will begin next year and are expected to complete by the end of 2018, during which time both palaces will remain open.

At Windsor Castle, the castle’s first café and a learning centre will be built in its 14th century undercroft, the castle’s Georgian entrance will be reinstated and increased public access enabled to the ground floor State Apartments.

At the the Palace of Holyroodhouse a new family room and learning centre will be created and the interiors of the Abbey Strand buildings will be restored.

Jonathan Marsden, director at the Royal Collection Trust, said the Future Programme represented an “important investment” in two of Britain’s most historic buildings.

The programme is being funded by the Royal Collection Trust from admissions to the official residences of The Queen and associated retail income.