For nearly 5 years the Elizabeth Tower has been clad in scaffolding as it has undergone a major refurbishment; most people commonly refer to the tower as ‘Big Ben’!
The tower started construction on 28th September 1845 and since then has been restored in the 1930’s, 1950’s and 1980’s and now, a major overhaul has been planned.
The work started on Monday 21st of August 2017 at noon, with a budget of £29 million. However, by September 2017 they soon realised that the initial cost was far too conservative as the extent of the conservation work became apparent, hidden asbestos, more Health and Safety requirements and other challenges meant that initial costs had nearly doubled. By the time it came to finishing the project, the costs had risen to just under £80 million.