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London's Big Ben clock tower undergoes essential repairs

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 01:35

The three-year, 29 million pound restoration project on London's famed Big Ben clock tower is now underway. Rough cut - no reporter narration

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The three-year restoration work on London's Big Ben clock tower has now commenced, parliament's conservation architect said on Saturday (April 8). The last significant repair of the famous clock and its 96-metre (315 ft) tower took place in 1983-85. Now the 29 million pound project also aims to restore the clock face surrounds to their original colours as designed in 1856 by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin. The current black and gold surrounds were painted during the 1980s refurbishment. During restoration the tower will be partially covered in scaffolding, although engineers plan to keep at least one of the four clock faces always visible. According to House of Commons statement the tower clock bells will fall silent for several months, chiming only for important events.

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London's Big Ben clock tower undergoes essential repairs

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 01:35