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London Eye

Albert Embankment, Lambeth,SE1
London ENG United Kingdom

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1998
  Finished1999
Building Uses
 - observation
 - ride
Structural Types
 - ferris wheel
Materials
 - steel

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof443 ft

Description
• Architect: Marks and Barfield
• World's tallest Ferris wheel till 2007. Now it is still tallest one in Europe.
• From the top of the London Eye you can see up to 25 miles in each direction.
• The 32 hi-tech capsules can carry over 15,000 vistors per day. Enough to fill concorde 160 times over.
• The 80 'spokes' of the London Eye use a total of six kilometres of cable.
• On average the Eye makes 8000 rotations in one calendar year at a speed of 0.26 metres per second
• The passenger capsules of the London Eye incorporate an entirely new design form for observation wheels. Instead of being suspended under gravity they turn within circular mounting rings fixed to the outside of the main rim, allowing a spectacular 360 - degree panorama at the top.
• The Eye uses two types of cable, wheel cables and backstay cables. Wheel cables include 16 rim rotation cables, and 64 spoke cables, these are similar to bicycle spokes and stretch across the wheel. There are 4 backstay cables, which are located in the compression foundation.

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