For the first time in 300 years, Westminster Abbey has won planning permission to add its first new tower. The addition will create public access to the church's attic gallery, a usually unseen entity within the historic site. Designed by Ptolemy Dean, the abbey's surveyor of fabric, the tower will be adjacent to the Poets' Corner, so that it is only a modest construction. Barely visible between the 16th-century lady chapel and the buttresses supporting the 13th century chapter house.

Currently registered as a world heritage site, the tower will the first added to the abbey since Hawksmoor, the former surveyor of fabric, gave the building its character by completing the twin west towers around the great main door in 1745.

The tower will house a new staircase and a lift to take visitors to the museum, and will give spectacular views of the Palace of Westminster across the road. Read More