Big Ben to Be Visible Again After 3 Years of Renovation
The Elizabeth Tower in Westminster, UK underwent renovations in 2017 as the iconic structure suffered extensive damages over the years. According to the reports, due to the newly discovered faults, the repairs on the tower costs a whooping £79.7 million. In addition, the scaffolding which hides the top of the tower which sports the iconic Big Ben will be removed after three years of rigorous construction. As per reports, the top of the tower will now be visible again but the construction work will be in effect on rest of the site.
The scaffolding will take about six weeks to be fully removed and the roof of the tower is set to become visible for the first time since the renovations began. After the removal of scaffolding, it will reveal 3,433 cast iron roof tiles which were removed and repaired in a specialist workshop. The tower will also witness its crumbling stonework and leaks which were fixed in an effort of the conservation work.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle also reacted to the recent development by saying that she has been looking forward to seeing the scaffolding come down on Elizabeth Tower – unveiling the roof so that it becomes a memorable moment.
The four clock dials on the outside of the tower contain a total of 1,296 individual pieces of glass, each of which needs to be replaced as part of the restoration work. The clock which weighs 12 tonnes has been dismantled taken away for restoration works.