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Want to hear Big Ben ring? Better come before 2017 or wait until 2021.

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Big Ben to be silenced in 2017 for 'urgent' repair works which could take three years

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-04/26/big-ben-clock-silence-chime-2017

London's Queen Elizabeth Tower and its bell, Big Ben, will be silenced from 2017 as the structure undergoes urgent repair work.

The 160-year-old tower, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, will undergo £29 million of work to increase energy efficiency and redecorate the interior of the building.

The work will affect both the clock's mechanism and the tower itself. "During this period there will be no chimes," a spokesperson for the House of Commons said. The repairs are scheduled to take three years, during which the bell will be silenced for several months.

"We are also investigating whether or not the chiming will have an effect on operatives working at high level, which will need to be taken into consideration. Striking and tolling will be maintained for important events."

The last "extensive" conservation works were carried out between 1983 and 1985 . The tower – often incorrectly referred to as Big Ben, which is the name of the largest bell – was completed in 1856 and began timekeeping on May 31, 1859.

Steve Jaggs, the Keeper of the Clock, said that staff members complete maintenance on the clock each day but the works will give it "the TLC it so desperately needs and deserves".

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