Repair and upgrading work on Great Fire memorial includes new viewing platform by Julian Harrap Architects and real-time website views

The Monument in the City of London reopened to the public yesterday following a £4.5m restoration project.

The 62m-high memorial to the Great Fire of London has been closed for the past 18 months for an upgrade, which included the installation of a new viewing platform, new telescopes and repairs to the sculpture work.

The structure's “flaming orb” has also been regilded and real-time views from the top of the Monument will be relayed to a dedicated website.

New telescope
One of the new telescopes inside Julian Harrap's new viewing platform for the Monument

Consultant Davis Langdon was cost manager on the scheme and Julian Harrap Architects designed the viewing platform.

Ian Luder, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “I am delighted that the Monument has been restored, repaired and protected for future generations and can now, once again, welcome visitors.

“The City of London Corporation is hugely grateful to the teams of contractors, architects and engineers for their outstanding work on this project, and is very proud to be continuing to preserve and enhance the City's heritage and treasures.”

The Monument, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is the tallest isolated stone column in the world, was built between 1671 and 1677.

Its height is exactly the same as its distance from Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London is thought to have started.