Soben by royal appointment

31st May 2017

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SOBEN have won a princely contract to support a major contractor on the refurbishment of the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

The company will provide Bills of Quantities for Balfour Beatty, who are aiming to secure the work to upgrade the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The £10 million makeover – which is being funded by the Royal Collection Trust charity – will affect outside spaces and the creation of a new learning centre.

It is part of an overall £37 million double revamp of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Windsor Castle in Berkshire, which is also an official royal residence.

It is designed to improve visitor facilities, giving the public greater access to two of Britain’s biggest tourist attractions.

Managing Director Scott Smyth said: “This is a complex project – refurbs are always a challenge – but that is something we will not shirk from.

“We are delighted to be given something akin to a royal seal of approval by being appointed to work on a project with such prestigious cultural and historical aspects.

“As with other commissions we have secured, large and small, Soben have been identified as a company with the appropriate expertise and experience to produce the highest quality within tight time frames.”


The Royal Collection Trust charity does not receive public funding but generates its income from admissions to official royal residences, including Buckingham Palace, and from gift shop sales.

At Holyroodhouse, redevelopment of the outside space, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, including Holyrood Abbey, the grounds and forecourt, will aim to reconnect the palace to the city.

Plus, a new family room will be created inside the palace, the storytelling of the state apartments will be improved and the Abbey Strand buildings, which sit just outside the palace gates, will be restored to house a learning centre.

The work – collectively known as Future Programme – should be completed by the end of 2018. Both residences will remain open to visitors.

Both Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse have been open to visitors for more than 250 years.