When Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, it cost France eight million francs, that is about 40 million US dollars. Now, that is, after 139 years of its birth, a regeneration plan for one of the seven wonders of the world is being worked out at an estimated cost of ú262 million!
Four teams have been shortlisted for the project which includes improving infrastructure for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists at the site. Though the structure is still considered to be an architecture marvel and doesn’t need any repair or alterations, etc. the current project aims at improving the visitor’s convenience at and around the tower.
Now the shortlisted teams will to have come out with designs to improve the visitors experience at the tower. The site covers 54 hectares of land on both sides of the River Seine, with the Eiffel Tower site located at the centre. The shortlisted four teams have to spend some time exploring how to enhance the visitor experience at the base of the tower, strengthen existing connections across the site and reconfigure public transport routes.
The tower has been completely repainted at least 19 times since it was built. Lead paint was still being used as recently as 2001 when the practice was stopped out of concern for the environment. Popularity of the tower can be gauged from the fact that more than 250 million people have visited the tower since it was completed in 1889.
The design teams have been given 10 months to come out with acceptable design and work needs to be completed before the 2024 Olympic Games.