/Big Ben blunders revealed as repair costs rise to £80m

Big Ben blunders revealed as repair costs rise to £80m

The timekeepers at Elizabeth Tower had to abandon attempts to renovate its clock because they lacked the expertise in a litany of blunders over its restoration.

Parliamentary authorities admitted last night that the cost of the project, which doubled two years ago, had again risen, from £61.1 million to £79.7 million. The total is £50 million more than the original estimate.

The House of Commons Commission blamed “the discovery of extensive Second World War damage, pollution and asbestos”.

Mechanic Ian Westworth at work on the Great Clock

Mechanic Ian Westworth at work on the Great Clock

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A breakdown of the overrun is understood to have identified a failed attempt by the Commons’ specialist clock team to restore the timepiece’s mechanism as a significant cause, however. It had to be sent off-site, adding almost £2 million to the bill.

Other overruns include an extra

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