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Eiffel Tower in line for €300m revamp

Eiffel Tower

The iconic Eiffel Tower is set to undergo a €300m (£264m) revamp as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo announced she would lodge plans with the local planning authority to renovate and modernise the tower.

If approved, works will take place over 15 years and will include creation of new reception spaces, upgrades to elevators, extensive painting and stripping works.

According to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, security facilities will also be upgraded.

Plans to improve the tower come as the city bids to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 - a bid which is being lead by London 2012 Olympic Stadium designer Populous.

The AJ100 practice is working with French engineering group Egis to develop designs for 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues as the city prepares to compete against Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg to host the games. 

 The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 ready for the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution.

It was built by Gustave Eiffel in two years, two months and five days and was only intended to last for 20 years.

In 2012, Vinci started works on refurbishing the first level of the tower as part of a consortium with architects Moatti and Rivière and the Ginger Sechaud Bossuyt design office. 

About €25m was invested into creating a glass floor and reconstructing the Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions.

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