The White Tower is one of the most important historic buildings in the world. A royal palace and fortress for almost half a millennium, the White Tower is interpreted throughout the world as a symbol of royalty and of national and civic identity.
After three years of scaffolding and three years of scrubbing and polishing, the White Tower conservation project is now complete.
The project in numbers…
- 5500 visitors to the site
- 58 operatives worked on the site (38 conservators and 20 masons)
- 8 Traditional Skills Bursary work placements
- 8 trainee conservators and stone masons
- 35 different stone types identified
- 709 new stones added
- 1367 original stones re-fixed
- 36 tons of new mortar used (equivalent in weight to just over five double decker buses – or 400 Yeoman Warders!)
- 450 miles walked by the site manager
- 8 team members have become parents or grandparents
The White Tower external repair and conservation project has been the largest conservation project undertaken by Historic Royal Palaces. Work to the south elevation was completed in 1998 but it wasn’t until 2008 with the generous support of our sponsors, Man Group, who contributed £1.5m of the £2m repair cost, that we were able to proceed with work to the remaining elevations to ensure its long term survival.
“We hope now the White Tower will not need to be scaffolded and cleaned in this manner for at least 60 years. In 1075 Londoners could only stand and stare as the White Tower rose up to dominate their skyline. In 2011 Londoners, visitors and staff can again be in awe of this striking and historic building and admire the Norman architecture in all its glory.”
Tracy Simmons – Project Manager