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The British Airways London Eye is the largest observation wheel ever built and the only cantilevered structure of its kind in the world. Over 1,700 people in five countries were involved in its construction. Almost every component and construction technique would have to be invented from scratch. Glass for the capsules would have to be double-curved and laminated. The delivery of the construction materials would have to be timed to co-ordinate with tides in the River Thames, so that large parts could be safely negotiated under London's bridges. One of the world's tallest floating cranes was needed to lift the massive quarter sections of the rim onto eight temporary platforms floating on the river. Each of the 32 passenger capsules was designed to be just within the maximum width allowed on the French roads over which they would make their way to the English Channel and up the Thames.

Source : BA London Eye Website

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