A palace not-so-fit for a Queen: could antimicrobial technology benefit the microbiome of Her Majesty’s crumbling abode?

An official report has revealed that one of the UK’s most historic royal gems is in dire need of refurbishment.

The residency of ‘Her Madge’ is set to undergo intensive renovation works amounting to more than £369m after The Buckingham Palace Reservicing Programme uncovered an alarming amount of fire, flood and structural hazards.

The Palace’s 33 year old boiler combined with a sagging drainage system means temperature maintenance is becoming troublesome, living conditions are being compromised and damage to the building fabric is almost imminent. The resulting dampness is also likely to lead to mould growth, which is commonly found behind wallpaper, underneath beds and on windows.

Whilst the British government scratch their heads over how they will raise the inordinate sum of cash required for the restoration, the team at BioCote can’t help but wonder whether the introduction of antimicrobial technology into the restoration plans could help improve the microbiome of the palace- inhibiting any future internal decay and avoiding such colossal expenditure in the years to come.

As was discussed in a previous blog post, a microbiome can be defined as a collection of microbes that inhabit any given environment. As well as presenting a real threat to our health, microbes such as bacteria and mould are notorious for causing and accelerating the degradation of various building materials, not only affecting aesthetic longevity but also mechanical performance which has wider-reaching structural consequences.

So, what could the architects assigned to the palace project do to prevent another royal ruin? Without sounding ridiculously biased, we reckon the utilisation of antimicrobial building materials during the refurbishment would stand them in very good stead.

And here’s why.

BioCote antimicrobial technology continuously kills microbes, such as mould, bacteria and fungi, which can afflict any type of building. Our additives have already been manufactured into a range of building materials, including decorative coatings, ceramics, laminates, wood products and plastics, meaning they are shielded from microbial degradation and therefore last longer than their standard counterparts. The black stained mouldy walls, slimy shower trays, unhygienic surfaces and foul odours so often associated with microbes are a thing of the past.

Should BioCote ever be appointed to assist with the issues that plague Buckingham Palace, our global network of partners would enable us to offer an antimicrobial solution for every problem. Our collaboration with Rosewood Pet Products would even delight the Queen’s beloved Corgis (or should that be Dorgis) who could benefit from ‘BioSafe’ hygienic dog toys.

Now that’s what we’d call a ‘royal flush’.

If you are an architect who has been enlisted to work on the Palace renovation, or if you are in the construction industry and would simply like to find out how antimicrobial technology could benefit your architectural projects, please enquire about our free CPD UK accredited seminars which discuss the problematic issues of microbial contamination in built environments.