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55m observation wheel opens in Greenwich

The 55m tall Greenwich wheel opens today.

The wheel has been built with the intention of it being transportable. As no permanent foundations are required, it can be installed on a site for a few months and then removed leaving no trace.

The 500m2 base acts as a ballast or weighted platform onto which the A-frame is constructed

"We put the main a-frame and axle up and then the first spoke gets craned onto the axle," explained PWR director Geoff Popper.

"The first spoke gets winched round and the next spoke is added on. It builds itself into a circle, like wedges of cheese."

Greenwich has a long history of wheels with The Great Wheel for the Earl’s Court Exhibition of 1895 having been built on the peninsular by Maudslay, Son and Field.

The Wheel will be situated in front of the Pepy’s Building Visitor Centre at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and will be open to the public daily. Each pod holds 6 people and the ride lasts about 12 minutes.

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