Big Ben ‘hit’ by scaffolding days after £80m works completed

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Footage appears to show scaffolding hitting Big Ben – just days after the result of the £80million five-year makeover was unveiled.

Sarah Haynes, 50, filmed the moment the metal girder appeared to touch the iconic London landmark on Saturday (April 2).

Big Ben had been hidden behind scaffolding for five years when restoration work was underway, and there seemed to be a tense moment when a piece of scaffolding near the building was swept by wind.

Sarah said: “We could see they were trying to remove this huge piece of scaffolding. [It] kept hitting the building just renovated for millions.

“It hit the tower and we didn’t see anything fall, but it made a big bang.”

Sarah Haynes filmed the scaffolding ‘hit’ Big Ben

Renovations began on Big Ben in 2017 and the project – which was initially to cost £29 million – eventually reached a price tag of £80 million.

The bell was heard for the first time since the restoration began on New Year’s Eve, ringing twelve times.

Now the clock and tower have finally been fully unveiled to the public again – but, as this incident shows, the hard work isn’t over.

Sarah, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, said: “We were in London for a weekend and visited the Houses of Parliament for a tour.

Sarah Haynes said it was 'a big thump'
Sarah Haynes said it was ‘a big thump’

“As we exited the entrance we could see all the builders looking up and the strange workman frantically running around.

“There was a man in a cherry picker that was as high as possible and he leaned over the edge and pushed it away from the building.

“It kept looking like it was going to hit the building again, but he was pretty good at pushing it away.

“It’s been going on for years and was unveiled just in time for the Platinum Jubilee and yet this piece of scaffolding kept hitting it on the way down.

“It took a long time, but in the end they got it done.”

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