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Cable ties brace Pisa

Work starts this spring on temporary structural support measures at Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa. Latest work at the site is to provide a safety measure during the permanent remedial works which now look set to start this summer (European Foundations issue 1). The approach being taken is - literally - 'belt and braces'. It involves placing a restraining cable loop system around the structure at about a third of its height and bracing from a series of cables which will run back across the Piazza to two A-frame anchoring blocks distant from the sensitive tower.

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