Highly Commended in Craftsmanship (Natural Stone Awards, 2010)
Julian Harrap Architects
City of London Corporation
Scope of Project:
External Ornate Stonework and Restoration
The Monument is one of the City of London's most outstanding landmarks and visitor attractions. It has recently undergone a programme of improvements and repairs. The £4.5 million project, funded by the City of London Corporation, involved the cleaning and repair of the Monument's stonework and the re-gilding of its famous golden orb.
Completed in 1677, Sir Christopher Wren's flame-topped Monument to the Great Fire of 1666 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.
Repairs to The Monument have been carried out approximately every hundred years, with work last undertaken in 1888. Work started in July 2007 and The Monument re-opened to visitors on 16th February 2009.
John Barker OBE, Chief Commoner & Chairman of the City Lands & Bridge House Estates Committee at the City of London Corporation, said:
'The renovation of The Monument has been a huge project, requiring hard work and dedication from a large team of architects, surveyors, engineers and technicians. The City Corporation is very grateful to everyone involved, and is proud to be continuing to preserve and enhance the City's heritage and treasures.'