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SRM’s Big Ben tower refurbishment in 10 images

As Sir Robert McAlpine nears completion of its £79.7m project to restore the Elizabeth Tower in London’s Palace of Westminster, a series of images show the progress on the project so far.

McAlpine is due to finish the project in the second quarter of this year, after the site was closed for four months in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, pushing back the schedule.

Work to install the restored clock mechanism started in summer last year, with the clock hands, now in their original Victorian colour scheme, added to the clock dials.

During the winter, work to remove scaffolding from the tower has continued ahead of a full clearing of the site expected prior to the summer of 2022.

Covid-related measures have added up to £9m of costs to the project.

Waterproofing and repairs to the floor in the Elizabeth Tower link room (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
Installation of new flooring in the belfry of the Elizabeth Tower, using Hopton Wood stone (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
Parliament’s team of in-house clock mechanics and the Cumbria Clock Company install the original clock hands on the south dial, following restoration offsite in Sheffield and Cumbria
One of Parliament’s team of clock mechanics installs one of the original clock hands on the south dial, following restoration offsite in Sheffield and Cumbria (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
Scaffolding being removed around the Elizabeth Tower, revealing the restored colour scheme and emblematic shields (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
Scaffolding being removed around the Elizabeth Tower’s west dial (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
A worker passes the west dial of the Elizabeth Tower as scaffolding is removed (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
Gilding of cast-iron roof elements at the top of the Elizabeth Tower (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
Cleaning and repairs to the stonework surround one of the Elizabeth Tower’s dials (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)
Installation of new cast-iron shields around the roof of the Elizabeth Tower (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)

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