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IN A SPIN: Only the water will be missing from next week's dry run of Scotland's £20M Falkirk Wheel when the world's first rotating boatlift turns for the first time. The 14,000t machine will be able to transport eight boats at a time, in two balanced gondolas, between the Union and Forth & Clyde canals. When complete next Easter, the automated, fully computerised structure will provide the final 34m vertical link in British Waterways' £78M coast to coast Millennium canal.

Design and construction was by a Morrison/Bachy Soletanche joint venture, plus steelwork fabricator Butterley Engineering.

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