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Palace work kept under wraps

In light of ongoing work to one of the most iconic buildings in the world, a printed wrap has been erected at the front of the Buckingham Palace.

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The printed wrap has been erected to cover reservicing works at the Palace

Featuring 12 pillars, the wrap has been designed to replicate the building’s famous façade and can be viewed from the front of the palace.

The home of the Queen is overdue a large amount of renovation work, as its electrical cabling, plumbing and heating have not been updated since the 1950s.

As the palace is a working building, hosting almost 100,000 guests and attracting over 15 million tourists each year, reservicing works are currently ongoing. The wrap will act as a base for contractors working on the Reservicing Programme.

Thousands of Royal Collection items have been removed from The East Wing to allow for essential renovations to take place this spring.

Covering a building with a wrap during building work is a not a new idea. A special kind of building wrap known as trompe l’oeil (meaning to ‘deceive the eye’), is often used to hide scaffolding and disguise building works on high profile and recognisable buildings.

The home of the Queen is overdue a large amount of renovation work, as its electrical cabling, plumbing and heating have not been updated since the 1950s

A trompe l’oeil building wrap is created using either a photograph or computer-generated image of what that section of the building should, or will look like, once the building works are complete.

Just behind the palace is 33 Grosvenor Place, a former office building which is being converted into a leading healthcare facility.

The clinic is due to open in 2020 and until then, a decorative wrap covers all four elevations of the building – an area totalling over 3,500sq m.

Completed by Embrace Building Wraps, the banner disguises the demolition and redevelopment works and presents an image of the ‘business as usual’ building from multiple elevations, including Grosvenor Place overlooking Buckingham Palace.

The giant printed banner is the same size as a wall of 80 New Routemaster buses and is currently the largest building wrap ever in the UK.

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