Elizabeth Tower

The Elizabeth Tower was designed by Augustus Pugin in a neo-gothic style. When completed in 1859, it was, says horologist Ian Westworth, “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world”.

It stands 315 feet tall, and the climb from ground level to the belfry is 334 steps. Its base is square, measuring 39 feet on each side. Dials of the clock are 23 feet in diameter.

DBR was commissioned in 2017 by Principal Contractor Sir Robert McCalpine Limited to undertake the external and internal masonry and plasterwork conservation to this iconic building. DBR has carried out facade cleaning using Thermatech and Jos Vortex cleaning systems. Extensive stonework repairs are being undertaken to the original magnesium limestone masonry using Cadeby limestone. In addition, internal paint has been removed to window dressings, staircase and plasterwork. Extensive lime plaster repairs have been carried out to walls and ceilings, and a new stone floor is being installed to the Belfry. Upgrading of Fire Doors internally are also being undertaken by DBRs Fire Safety team.

The project is due for completion in 2021.

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