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London will begin construction of the world’s tallest clock tower this year. Based on Big Ben, the new clocktower will be known as Bigger Ben.
“We thought the name would make a lot of sense, as it’s a lot like Big Ben, only bigger” said Flora Islop, lead architect on the project. To remain true to the concept of Big Ben, Bigger Ben will be given several additional names for each of its parts: the tower, clock face and bell, in order to confuse visitors and ensure it’s constantly at the centre of amicable arguments.
“Of course, Big Ben is the name of the bell in the clocktower” Flora said, “while the tower was called St. Stephen’s Tower by Victorian journalists, but was actually just known as the Clock Tower. Now it’s called the Elizabeth Tower though, just to make things simpler. “
The new tower will rise to a height of 900m and become the world’s tallest building.
“It’s an interesting project” said an architect who wished to remain nameless, “with the clock face 900m above the ground, the only people who’ll be able to see it are airline pilots and people on the top floors of other extremely tall buildings, using binoculars. So a minority audience in terms of effective time-telling”
Plans for a third clocktower, called ‘Even Bigger Ben’ are in discussion, but are not expected to happen any time soon.
“We can’t just spend all our time building enormous clocktowers” an engineer explained. “I say we call this one Biggest Ben and leave it at that”.