Planning & Developments

Milestone for Big Ben Conservation Project

The final piece of the 98 metre high scaffolding was installed by contractor Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and it was celebrated with a ceremony at the top of the Elizabeth Tower. "The steel structure encasing the Elizabeth Tower consists of nearly 24,000 elements, weighs 800 tonnes and has taken just over a year to complete,” said Ian Ailles, director general of the House of Commons. "Despite a complex programme and challenging weather conditions earlier this year, we are on schedule,…