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12 Feb 9:19pm

Wartime bomb damage and asbestos inflates Big Ben repair bill to £80m

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Conservation work on Elizabeth Tower is ‘more complex than anticipated’ The repair bill to fix parliament’s Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben has increased by £18.6m to nearly £80m following the discovery of asbestos, second world war bomb damage and pollution problems. Conservation work on the 177-year-old structure, which is supposed to be completed at the end of next year, led to the discovery by the project team after intrusive surveys, parliamentary officials have disclosed.
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