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The Clock Tower the Houses of Parliament Also known as Big Ben

 

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  • The title Big Ben, which the tower is commonly known by actually refers to the bells housed within it weighing 13.5 tons .
  • The new work on Westminster Underground Station had caused the 8,600 ton tower to start to list and crack away. It was shored up by having concrete injected under the foundations.
  • The pendulum for the clock is 4.4m in size. The roman numerals are 61cm each in length and each of the minute squares is 30.5cm. There are 312 panes of glass on each clock face.

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Architect
Sir Charles Barry
Consulting Engineer
Walker & Burgess
Developer
British Government
Main Contractor
Grissel & Peto

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Reference No.
452
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
15-08-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Palace of Westminster, Old Parliament Yard, London. SW1
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1836
Construction start date
1840
Completion date
1859
Heritage Status
World Heritage Site
Style
Gothic Revival

Roof Height (AGL)
96.30

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Primary Use
Government


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