|It has taken seven
years and the expertise of hundreds of people from across Europe to turn
the world's largest observation wheel and one of the UK's most spectacular
attractions into a reality.
British Airways London Eye is one of the most imaginative and audacious projects for London for the new Millennium. It provides the only high public vantage point in the UK's capital, an exciting new attraction for Londoners and visitors to the city as well as a dramatic new landmark for one of the world's most famous skylines.
designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield, British Airways London Eye
continues the great tradition of celebratory structures such as the Eiffel
Tower built for Paris in 1889, but the technology employed sets a new
standard for architectural and engineering innovation.
From these first thoughts in 1995, the architects came up with the concept of a wheel as the ideal symbol for the Millennium. It would represent the turning of the century, is a universally recognisable symbol of regeneration and time, and would introduce a new shape into a rectilinear city, from which people could ride, see breathtaking views of London from the heart of the city, and which would itself be an object of beauty.
|Designing an observation wheel which would fulfill all of these aims was a challenge. Sweeping the skyline at 135m, British Airways London Eye is the largest observation wheel ever built, and the fourth tallest structure in London. The 32 high-tech passenger capsules can carry up to 15,000 visitors per day, enough to fill Concorde 160 times over. Passengers can see over 25 miles in each direction and will be treated to aerial views of some of the world's most famous sights including St Paul's, the Palace of Westminster and Windosor Castle.|
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