One of London’s most historic landmarks, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, has won the annual City Heritage Award.
This prestigious award, now over 30 years old, is given each year to the best refurbishment project in the City. Previous winners include; St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Bar and St Bartholomew’s Hospital West Wing.
The City of London Corporation’s restoration project of the Monument cost £4.5million and included a new viewing platform balustrade, cage, new telescopes, improved lighting, cleaner stonework and repairs to the architectural sculpture. The “flaming” orb was reguilded and real-time panoramic views from the top are now relayed on a dedicated website.
The plaque was unveiled by The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nick Anstee at a ceremony at the foot of the Monument. The Lord Mayor said:
“More than 150,000 people visited the Monument each year before its restoration. Now the numbers are increasing exponentially. So I am delighted the Monument has won one of the, if not the, premiere award for conservation and restoration of good buildings”.
Mr Desmond FitzPatrick, Chairman of the City Heritage Society said: “This well loved feature of our city, now clean and beautifully restored, is again as it should be!”
For further information about the Monument visit www.themonument.info