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LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 8, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) RESTORATION WORKERS AND TRUCKS BEHIND METAL FENCES BIG BEN CLOCK TOWER RESTORATION WORKERS MOVING ITEM BIG BEN AND HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT SIGNS READING (English): 'ROAD CLOSED' AND 'DIVERTED TRAFFIC' WORKERS GATHERED NEAR BIG BEN PARLIAMENT'S CONSERVATION ARCHITECT, ADAM WATROBSKI, STANDING ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARLIAMENT'S CONSERVATION ARCHITECT, ADAM WATROBSKI, SAYING: "Well, this is essentially the first visible step of the construction. Of course, the contractor has been on board since January, and this is the first part of setting up the site. So what you see coming in today are all the welfare facilities for the chaps who will be on site, so there will be offices and toilets and so on and mess rooms and all the things you'd expect. And this is a precursor to putting up a scaffolding around the clock tower." BIG BEN BIG BEN CLOCK CHIMING AT 7 O'CLOCK (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARLIAMENT'S CONSERVATION ARCHITECT, ADAM WATROBSKI, SAYING: "Well it is going to last for three years and we are going to make sure that we keep the clock working for as long as possible during that time." BIG BEN AND PARLIAMENT VARIOUS OF RESTORATION WORKERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARLIAMENT'S CONSERVATION ARCHITECT, ADAM WATROBSKI, SAYING: "Well there are three real elements to it: there is the repairs to the clock itself, there is the repairs to the fabric of the building, and there is what you might call amenity items, which is putting a lift in and a WC - a toilet at high level and kitchen facilities for the clock makers and other staff who have to go up there." VARIOUS OF BIG BEN VARIOUS OF TRUCK DRIVING AROUND BLOCKADE ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, GUIDED BY WORKERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARLIAMENT'S CONSERVATION ARCHITECT, ADAM WATROBSKI, SAYING: "All buildings wear, all buildings decay, and basically what we are doing is fighting off the decay so that we can hand this on to the next generation in good condition." VARIOUS OF CONTAINER BEING LIFTED BY CRANE VARIOUS CRANE BEING LIFTED IN FRONT OF BIG BEN
Dateline: 2017

London's Big Ben Clock Tower Undergoes Essential Repairs

Item ID: 110575606

By: Reuters

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