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The Monument, one of the City of Londonís most outstanding landmarks and visitor attractions, will close on 30 July for an 18-month programme of improvements and repairs.
The £4.5 million project, funded by the City of London Corporation, will involve the cleaning and repair of the Monumentís stonework and the re-gilding of itís famous golden orb. A range of new and improved facilities will be created such as a modified gallery ďcageĒ, new lighting and, for people who do not want to climb the 311 stairs to the top, there are plans for live views to be relayed from the gallery to visitors on the ground. The new facilities will also enable the Monument to host spectacular firework and laser displays.
Sir Christopher Wrenís flame-topped Monument to the Great Fire of 1666 is the tallest free-standing stone column in the world. Completed in 1677, The Monument stands 202 ft high and is positioned 202 ft from the spot in Pudding Lane on which the Great Fire is believed to have started. Every year, over 100,000 visitors climb the 311 spiral steps to the Monumentís observation gallery to enjoy unique and exhilarating views across the Capital.
Repairs to The Monument have been carried out approximately every hundred years, with work last undertaken in 1888. The Monument is scheduled to re-open to visitors when the restoration work is completed in December 2008.
Pauline Halliday, Chief Commoner and Chairman of the City of Londonís City Lands Committee, which is responsible for the Monument, said: ďI am delighted that work will soon be underway to protect and enhance this historical landmark for current and future generations of visitors to the City of LondonĒ.The restoration work will be carried out by Cathedral Works Organisation (Chichester) Ltd, which successfully completed the relocation of Temple Bar in 2004 for the City of London Corporation. The consultant architect engaged by the City for the project is Julian Harrap Architects and the structural engineers working for the architects is Hockley and Dawson.