Bong! JMS supplies boom to contractors carrying out Big Ben restoration

Big Ben has fallen silent to allow a major restoration programme to begin – powered access equipment supplied for a contractor from JMS is carrying out important restoration work.

JMS has supplied a JLG 1200 SJP telescopic boom to a contractor repairing the iconic British lmark in Westminster, London, a TV documentary is also being made of the work carried out.

Big Ben chimed for the last time for four years on Monday 21 August. It will remain silent to protect the ear drums of conservation teams as they work on the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the huge clock.

Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament, London
Big Ben falls silent for 4 years.

The restoration project on one of the world’s most famous buildings – the stopping of Big Ben’s bongs – are events of global interest, which is why a TV documentary is being made.

The JLG 1200SJP has a working height of 38.4 metres – over a third of the height of the Elizabeth Tower, which sts at 96.1 metres.

Its outreach of 22.86 metres is also ideal for safely operating up over other buildings in restricted spaces, like those around the Houses of Parliament.

JMS Managing Director Mark Jackson said: “We regularly supply aerial platforms to contractors film television industries. We also have one of the UK’s biggest fleets of ‘super booms’ for hire, so were well placed to meet the needs of the contractors film crew working on the Elizabeth Tower Big Ben documentary.”

If filmmakers need to get shots from an even greater height, that is not a problem. JMS can supply the world’s largest aerial boom, the JLG 1850 SJ, which has a working height of 58.56 metres – six metres higher than Nelson’s Column – an outreach of 25.03 metres.

JLG1200-SJP - JMS - Big Ben
JMS delivering the JLG 1200SJP diesel boom lift to the iconic Big Ben, London.

JMS is a national powered access hire service, with depots in Harpenden, Hertfordshire Leeds, West Yorkshire.

To find out more out the JLG 1200SJP diesel boom lift or other super booms available for hire from JMS, call 0845 457 0000 or email,