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Kew Palace case study

The case study from Access by Design, Issue 107, Summer 2006, as generously supplied by the Centre for Accessible Environments is accessed by clicking on the PDF icon (opens in a new window)


Kew Palace, Richmond, London, opened to the public on 27 April 2006 after a £6.6 million conservation and re-presentation project by charity Historic Royal Palaces. The Palace was home to King George III and his family in early 1800s.

"It had long been felt that it was reasonable to commission a design for a lift on the footprint of a demolished water closet shaft on the West flank external wall of the building. The internal 18th century door openings into the water closet were still visible inside. They had been blocked up in the 1880s when the external wing was demolished at Queen Victoria's request (perhaps because of the unhappy associations with her grandfather's illness).

All the access improvements had to be presented to English Heritage (EH) for Scheduled Monument Clearance at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. HRP negotiated this with Purcell Miller Tritton's support."

Jo Thwaites, Buildings Surveyor, Historic Royal Palaces

Photo of Kew Palace. Copyright Nigel Iskander/HRP/ Access ramp outside front entrance to Kew Palace. Copyright Nigel Iskander/HRP/ Kew Palace exterior, showing lift shaft on site of former Privy shaft. Copyright Nigel Iskander/HRP/

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