Statue of Liberty renovation project goes to Atkins

Published: 31/10/2011

Worldwide engineering and design consultancy Atkins will be tackling the vital renovation work on New York’s Statue of Liberty.

The work will be part of a year-long programme of works designed to make the USA’s most prominent monument safer and more accessible for the 3.5 million people who visit it each year.

Work will begin on the Statue’s £17.5 million ‘life safety’ improvements in November 2011 following the 125th anniversary of it being officially given to the US nation by France.

Atkins was appointed by the National Park Service (NPS) to manage the construction works process which includes the replacement of elevators, accessibility improvements, and upgrades to the electrical, air handling, fire protection, and security systems.

Gary Self, Atkins’ project manager said that everyone working on the project felt immensely proud. He said: ‘Besides the American eagle, few other symbols represent freedom the way the Statue of Liberty does.

‘The statue has welcomed people to the USA for many years, and we couldn’t be more proud than to be associated with a programme that will make her safer and more accessible to visitors going forward.’

Work on ‘Lady Liberty’ will mean it will be closed to visitors for a year but Liberty Island will remain open during that time and views of the Statue will remain largely unobstructed.

Atkins will have three construction managers on site for the duration of the project. They will work closely with the NPS and their contractor on the full range of improvements.

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