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Glasgow's troubled science tower shuts again

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CHRONIC TECHNICAL problems with the operation of Glasgow's troubled Science Centre Tower have led to its indefinite closure, it was announced last week.

But Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) chief executive Kirk Ramsay told NCE that none of the problems related to the tower's main bearing.

This failed shortly after the unique £8.5M, 105m tall rotating structure opened in 2002 (NCE 7 March 2002).

'These are a number of smaller issues, including problems with the lift, any one of which in isolation would not be an issue, ' Ramsay said.

'But after operating the tower for some time now we've identified those areas which need attention, and all our designers and contractors will be involved in sorting them out.' The tower is designed to rotate so the observation platform at the top always faces into the wind. Structural designer was Buro Happold and main contractor was Carillion.

There has been a history of problems with the innovative structure, and this latest closure is said to be the sixth this year alone.

'The tower is a complicated prototype machine and we've learned a lot about it now, ' Ramsay said.

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