Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben conservation works 2017 to 2021

Elizabeth Tower decorative shields: Before and during the conservation

PC-Elizabeth Tower shields ©UK Parliament/Mark Duffy

On each side of the Elizabeth Tower are rows of newly restored shields decorated with symbols representing the UK and its history.

Big Ben's 160th birthday as conservation continues

Big Ben, the Great Bell of the Elizabeth Tower turns 160 on 11 July 2019, as the vital conservation programme continues, securing the future of one of the world’s best loved landmarks for generations to come

Elizabeth Tower conservation works

Programme of essential works to conserve the Elizabeth Tower began in early 2017

All your questions about the works answered

Frequently asked questions about the conservation of the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben

Big Ben to fall silent while essential conservation works take place

On Monday 21 August at noon, Big Ben’s famous bongs will sound for the last time before major conservation works are carried out.

Elizabeth Tower contract awarded

Following an update on the Elizabeth Tower conservation project to the House of Commons and House of Lords Commissions the contract for the delivery of the Project has been awarded to Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Ayrton Light

Ayrton Light at the top of the Elizabeth Tower

With the top of the Elizabeth Tower now visible, work has begun on the re-installation of the famous Ayrton Light, which sits directly under the newly visible spire.

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