The London Eye, at 135m, is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world and one of the most complex engineering projects in modern history.
Situated on the South Bank, the 1,200-tonne wheel was constructed to a demanding and complex schedule with Mace coordinating the multiple work packages and developing unique and innovative solutions to create significant savings in time and cost.
This included the assembly of the wheel on barges in the river Thames from which they were hoisted into place during a 17-hour, two-stage lift. Off-site manufacturing for the 32 passenger capsules, which were designed and fabricated in France and transported by road to the site, also created significant efficiencies.
Since opening in March 2010, the Eye has won more than 75 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement.