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Major investment at the royal Palaces announced

Release date: Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Future Programme

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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 visitor facilities, interpret the buildings in new ways, create dedicated Learning Centres and open up new spaces to the public. 

The architectural practices Purcell and Burd Haward Architects have been appointed as the Lead Designers for Future Programme at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse respectively, to develop and deliver the projects.

Jonathan Marsden, Director, Royal Collection Trust, said, 'Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh's royal palace, are two of the most important historic buildings in Britain and home to some of the greatest works of art. Future Programme represents an important investment to enhance everyone's enjoyment of the Palaces and the Royal Collection and to deliver the best-possible experience of visiting these royal residences.'

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.