Before the floodlights are removed temporary cables are placed across the stadium to keep the towers stable. The lights are then taken down in pairs. Each pair of lighting towers is lifted and lowered to the ground using cranes with a 600 tonne lifting capacity.
Work to construct the new 45,000sq metres roof begins in the spring. It will be completed by spring 2015 when final preparations for the Rugby World Cup will take place including installing concessions, toilets, turnstiles and hospitality areas.
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A lamp in the tower which houses Big Ben is to be switched off for the first time in more than 70 years.
Sir Bruce entertained audiences for more than seven decades.
Work in the tower will also pause over the bank holiday weekend.