Last Updated: 29/03/2017
Tags: London Time
Living in London steeps you in history and culture even when it comes to telling the time. Big Ben housed in the Elizabeth Tower in Westminster marks out time for the whole UK but is on your doorstep if you are lucky enough to live and work in London. You may or may not have noticed that the most famous time piece in the UK is having extensive work carried out on it, the Elizabeth Tower.
Problems with the clock hands, mechanism and pendulum, have been identified which need to be dealt with to make sure that the clock can continue to work properly. Surveys are still being carried out to identify the extent of the works required to the Tower itself but we have already identified areas of concern, including cracks in masonry, leaks, erosion, and severe rusting of metalwork.
On top of the general repairs, the Tower needs to be brought in line with modern fire prevention guidance, and health and safety measures for staff and visitors. In order to provide a better means of emergency evacuation, and to improve accessibility for a wider range of people, a lift will be installed within the existing ventilation shaft of the Tower. Overall the plans will conserve the Tower, upgrade facilities as necessary and ensure its integrity for future generations to enjoy as they make their way about this great city of ours.