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Urgent challenge

Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Mechanical and electrical systems

The heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are now obsolete. Steam pipes run alongside electrical cables, and the sewage ejector system installed in 1888 is still in use today. Down in the basement there are 128 plant rooms and 98 risers, only one of which has been fully restored to modern standards. There are seven miles of steam pipes and 250 miles of cabling, all of which need to be stripped out. Since the start of 2017 over 40,000 problems have been reported in the Palace. By 2025 more than half of all the mechanical and electrical services will be at a high risk of failure.

Steam pipes run alongside electrical cables and the sewage ejector systems date back to 1888.

Steam pipes run alongside electrical cables and the sewage ejector systems date back to 1888.

The basement cabling has built up over many years, and needs urgent repairs and removal to reduce the growing risk of fire.

The basement cabling has built up over many years, and needs urgent repairs and removal to reduce the growing risk of fire.

Half the mechanical and electrical plant is at an unacceptably high risk of failure.

Half the mechanical and electrical plant is at an unacceptably high risk of failure.