UK Parliament - Director of Capital Investment

Big Ben The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. The Elizabeth Tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May, with the Great Bell’s strikes heard for the first time on 11 July and the quarter bells first chimed on 7 September.

The Northern Estate Increasing demand for space has meant the Parliamentary Estate now extends well beyond the Palace of Westminster. It includes a collection of Grade 1, 2 and 2* listed buildings, located between the Embankment and Parliament St, including the Norman Shaw buildings that were originally used by the Metropolitan Police. The more northerly building was actually the first building to be called New Scotland Yard in 1890.

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