Royal Collection Trust has announced a £37-million investment at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to fund a series of projects that will transform the experience of visitors. Collectively known as Future Programme, the projects will deliver significant improvements to the way visitors are welcomed on arrival, interpret the buildings in new ways, create dedicated Learning Centres and open up new spaces to the public. Work will begin on site in 2017 and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018. Both Palaces will remain open to visitors throughout the development.
Lead Designer, Windsor Castle
Purcell has been appointed to lead the multidisciplinary design team; advising, managing and coordinating the project from design concept to implementation. Purcell is a leading architectural practice with studios throughout the UK and in Asia Pacific. The practice is highly regarded for their heritage and design work within sensitive and complex sites. The practice has previously completed projects at Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Dover Castle, Wells Cathedral, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and Tower Bridge.
Lead Designer, Palace of Holyroodhouse
Set up by Catherine Burd & Buddy Haward in 1998, Burd Haward Architects has a reputation for making award-winning, carefully crafted, authentic, sustainable buildings. The practice works across a diverse range of building types and has led projects at a number of high-profile architecturally sensitive historic sites, including Chastleton House, Red House and Chartwell. Their new ‘Welcome Centre’ for the National Trust at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire is currently shortlisted for a 2016 RIBA Award.
The design team includes:
Exhibition Design – Nissen Richards
Environmental Engineers – Max Fordham LLP
Landscape Architects – J&L Gibbons
Structural Engineers – David Narro Associates
Mace is an international consultancy and construction company, employing over 4,600 people, with a turnover of £1.49bn. Mace’s business is programme and project management, cost consultancy, construction delivery and facilities management. Mace has worked on projects at many high-profile listed buildings including The British Museum, the Parliamentary Estate and Senate House (School of Oriental and African Studies), Tate Modern Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum.
Lendlease Consulting (Heritage and Arts) provides consultancy for every stage of the project life cycle – from inception to completion. Lendlease Consulting is part of the global Lendlease property group and provides project management and consultancy services. Lendlease Consulting has a 16 year relationship with the Victoria & Albert Museum delivering over 30 projects, is a key project management partner of the Parliamentary Estates Directorate, and has also successfully completed commissions at the British Museum, Tower of London and Tate Britain.