A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square stands strong on 16 steel piles, keeping the statue and its plinth firmly in place.

The bottom-driven steel piles were installed to a depth of between four and six metres, and can support four tonnes each.

At nine metres tall, and containing three quarters of a tonne of bronze, this should be more than enough support for the statue itself, which was unveiled in mid-March.

Prime minister David Cameron was present for the grand unveiling – the first statue in Parliament Square of an individual who never held political office in the UK.

It looks out over the Palace of Westminster, and joins other famous figures like Sir Winston Churchill and Benjamin Disraeli.

However, there is one historical connection between the statue and the UK political establishment, which may make its Parliament Square location seem more appropriate.

That is because sculptor Philip Jackson based his portrait of Gandhi on a photograph taken in 1931 at 10 Downing Street when he met the prime minister at the time, Ramsay MacDonald.