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The British Airways London Eye. Part 1: Background

By common consent the views from the now completed London Eye are as breathtaking as the architects intended when they were first inspired to create the project. Their idea germinated in a competition to celebrate the Millennium, and their proposal was to create a 'fun' structure that people could enjoy and not just a monument to be gazed at. The realisation was to be quite simply the biggest observation wheel in the world. Its potential could be gauged by noting that there really was no place in central London for the public to look down on what is one of the most interesting cities on earth. The now familiar London Eye is shown in Fig 1. N. Thompson and J.M. Roberts

Author(s): Thompson, N;Roberts, J M

Keywords: observation wheels;construction work;project management;companies;checking;safety;steel