Big Ben Silenced, But Will Be More Energy Efficient

BRITAIN’S most photographed landmark, the iconic Elizabeth Tower, more popularly known by the name of its great bell Big Ben is to fall silent for upgrades, including improved energy efficiency.

Standing at 96 metres the tower, clock and bell (the actual Big Ben) is the main focus as people look towards the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament.

It is predicted the bell will be silent for up to four years, causing much controversy across the UK, while the restoration work is carried out. The work is needed for health and safety and restoring the bell and infrastructure for its continued use.

The energy efficiency improvements include renewal of the mechanical and electrical services along with the replacement of the lights that illuminate the clock and belfry with low energy, longer lasting LED lighting.

It will sound for the last time before the commencement of work today, July 21, 2017, when it strikes 12 times for noon (British Summer Time), not to heard again until 2021, but the whole iconic structure will then be burning less electricity and producing fewer CO2 emissions.


Photo: Palace of Westminster, by © User: Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Monday 21st August 2017


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