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Eye catcher worth an award


We are delighted to see that Corus has again used the British Airways London Eye to advertise and promote British steel. Corus is evidently proud of the part it played in the realisation of the project.

And so it should be.

It is, therefore, curiously inconsistent that Corus and their partners in the Structural Steel Design Awards decided to exclude the project from the Awards. . . because the wheel was not fabricated in this country.

It made us wonder who the awards are for when a project, which has not only directed the public imagination to the magic of structure, but has also promoted British engineering and structural design to a worldwide audience, is excluded for such parochial reasons.

I would also like to correct an oversight in the credits in the advertisement. Ove Arup was the engineer for the early stages of the project and Babtie Allott & Lomax, Hollandia and Infragroep were the principal structural engineers during the construction phases of the project.

Julia Barfield

David Marks

Julia Barfield, 50 Bromells Road, London SW4 0BG

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