Scaffolding surrounding the Big Ben tower is about to be removed

The roof of the historic Big Ben tower is set to be exposed after three years of extensive restoration work.

The top of the Elizabeth Tower – one of London’s most notable historical landmarks – will be visible again, but work on the rest of the building will continue.

It will take six weeks for the scaffolding to be dismantled. In the process, 3,433 restored cast iron roof tiles are uncovered, which were removed and repaired in a specialist workshop.

The conservation work also dealt with crumbling stone work and leaks.

Commons spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “Like everyone else, I was looking forward to the scaffolding falling on the Elizabeth Tower – so the roof unveiling will be an unforgettable moment.

“We could all use good news in this Covid world, so it is very exciting to see more of this great icon.

“I hope that the conservation work on the Tower – an important symbol of our democracy – will secure its place on the London skyline for generations to come.”

The four-year restoration program for the Elizabeth Tower began in 2017.


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