Rhinos Plant Machinery Hired for Westminster Abbey
February 22, 2020
Heavy & Small Plant Hire for Professional Landscaping Work, Mini Diggers, Central London
At Rhinos Plant hire, we have a reputation for supplying the highest quality, reliable plant machinery from the biggest names in the business. Priorities like this are the reason you will find our heavy and small plant present at some of the most prestigious projects. One of our new 8 tonne mini excavators is currently being hired by contractors working on upgrades to Westminster Abbey. This iconic Central London structure is the subject of an £11.2m project, covering a variety of improvements.
A major tourist attraction Westminster Abbey draws in more than 1.3 million visitors every year from all over the world. Although very positive, the amount of people passing through has increased steadily, meaning existing facilities needed fortifying. The Abbey will also receive a new welcome centre which will adjoin the building on its North side. The ticketing area has in the past been sited in the North Transept, and it was felt, spoiled the visual impact for visitors.
Westminster Abbey is one of the most well known historic religious buildings in the world, and tourists flock to admire features like it’s fan-vaulted ceilings and magnificent pipe organ. The organ was installed in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI, and contains some of the piping from the original organ. Strictly speaking, although the building has ‘Abbey’ in its name it is no longer an Abbey, yet it still hosts some of the most significant religious ceremonies.
Royal coronations have been performed here since 1066, and it was used as a place of worship long before this. The original construction, designed during the reign of King Edward I, existed for almost 2 centuries. It was rebuilt in the 1200s, as King Henry III wanted a church fit to hold coronations and the burials of monarchs. The Abbey has been the location for 17 royal weddings including Prince Charles and Lady Diana, and also Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The modifications are due to be finished in 2022.