Saturday 21 April 2018

Live stream of repairs to Big Ben clock tower

The repairs to the Big Ben clock tower will be live streamed
The repairs to the Big Ben clock tower will be live streamed

Clockwatchers will be able to view every second of the renovations to the tower which houses Big Ben thanks to the installation of a live stream.

When urgent repair work begins on the London landmark next year, cameras will provide round-the-clock footage of the action - giving a close-up view of the tower like never before.

Westminster Live Studios, which is located on the opposite side of the River Thames, will live stream the restoration work and produce a time-lapse video.

A £29 million programme to repair the Elizabeth Tower will silence the famous Big Ben bell for several months.

The tower's masonry and roof, as well as the clock faces and mechanism, will be repaired during the work.

Neil Sean, managing director of the studios, said the live stream idea had been backed by the new London mayor, Sadiq Khan, as well as host of international television channels.

"We got calls from America, Spain, Germany and France," he said.

Mr Sean said the opportunity for audiences to get a close-up of the renovation work was "incredible".

"It will be interesting just to see somebody putting scaffolding up. It's amazing what you can see."

The live stream will offer viewers a chance to see a range of different angles of the tower during the restoration process as soon as the work begins.

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