Six firms win roles on £369m Buckingham Palace revamp

Six heavyweights have scooped work on Buckingham Palace’s £369m revamp.

Arcadis, Arup, Capita, Gleeds, Mace and WSP will oversee the palace’s 10-year major M&E refurbishment programme.

Works for the project have been divided into three lots:

Winners of Buckingham Palace’s £369m revamp

Lot one: Multi-Disciplinary Building Services Design and Engineering:

  • WSP

Lot two: Independent Cost Consultant Services:

  • Gleeds

Lot three: Programme Management Office (PMO):

  • Arcadis
  • Arup
  • Capita
  • Mace
  • WSP UK

Plans for the palace’s revamp follow recommendations made in an options appraisal report, which was conducted by a consortium led by WSP and Hok last year.

The report called for the Royal Household to “act now” to avoid the “serious long-term issues of conservation and repair” facing the palace.

Further risks the palace faces are a “very real danger of catastrophic failure leading to fire or flood” due to outdated electrics, power and water systems.

The Treasury gave the green light for the revamp to go ahead in November last year.

Construction News revealed in June that Arcadis, Currie & Brown, Gleeds and Turner & Townsend were tipped to have made the shortlist for the cost consultant lot.

It is thought the value of the cost consultant contract will be around £2m.

Work on the £369m revamp will be funded through an increase in the sovereign grant from 15 per cent to 25 per cent of the Crown Estate’s profits over the next 10 years.

Under the programme, around 161 km of electrical cabling, 32 km of heating pipework and 16 km of hot and cold water pipework are among the services that will be replaced.

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