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London Eye
British Airways
British Airways
London Eye
London Eye
(1999-2008) Merlin Entertainments London Eye
London Eye
(2009-2011) EDF Energy London Eye
London Eye
(2011-2014) ALTERNATIVE NAMES Millennium Wheel GENERAL INFORMATION STATUS Complete TYPE Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
LOCATION Westminster, London ADDRESS Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road COUNTRY United Kingdom COORDINATES 51°30′12″N 0°07′10″W / 51.5033°N 0.1194°W / 51.5033; -0.1194 Coordinates : 51°30′12″N 0°07′10″W / 51.5033°N 0.1194°W / 51.5033; -0.1194 COMPLETED March 2000 OPENED 31 December 1999 (ceremonial, without passengers) 1 February 2000 (first passengers carried) 9 March 2000 (opened to general public) COST £70 million OWNER Merlin Entertainments HEIGHT 135 metres (443 ft) DIMENSIONS DIAMETER 120 metres (394 ft) DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ARCHITECT Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Julia Barfield , Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, David Marks, Mark Sparrowhawk ARCHITECTURE FIRM Marks Barfield ENGINEER Arup WEBSITE www.londoneye.comThe LONDON EYE is a giant Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
on the South Bank
South Bank
of the River Thames in London
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British Airways
Executive Club/ Avios * Concorde
Concorde
Room * Galleries First * Galleries Club * Galleries Lounge * Galleries Arrivals * First Lounge * Terraces Lounge * Executive Club Lounge * British Airways
British Airways
Lounge ALLIANCE Oneworld SUBSIDIARIES * BA CityFlyer
BA CityFlyer
* OpenSkies FLEET SIZE 272 DESTINATIONS 183 COMPANY SLOGAN _To Fly. To Serve._ PARENT COMPANY International Airlines Group HEADQUARTERS Waterside , Harmondsworth , United Kingdom KEY PEOPLE* Alejandro Cruz de Llano , ( Chairman
Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer ) * Stephen William Lawrence Gunning ( Chief Financial Officer "> A Boeing
Boeing
747-100 in BOAC-British Airways transition livery Proposals to establish a joint British airline, combining the assets of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways (BEA) were first raised in 1953 as a result of difficulties in attempts by BOAC and BEA to negotiate air rights through the British colony of Cyprus
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Merlin Entertainments
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is a British-based company headquartered in Poole, Dorset (England), which operates 127 attractions, 19 hotels and 7 holiday villages in 24 countries. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Legoland * 1.2 Tussauds * 1.3 Florida * 1.4 Australia And New Zealand * 1.5 Listing * 1.6 Thorpe Park * 1.7 Alton Towers * 2 Properties * 2.1 Theme parks * 2.2 Midway attractions * 3 Bus operation * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORYIn December 1998, Nick Varney , Andrew Carr and the senior management team of Vardon Attractions completed a management buyout of the company to form Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd. with the backing of the private equity firm Apax Partners. Apax sold the company to another financial investor, Hermes Private Equity, in 2004. LEGOLANDWhen the Legoland theme parks came up for sale, Varney wanted to buy it but Hermes did not want to invest more capital and sold Merlin to Blackstone Group for about £110 million in 2005. Blackstone negotiated to buy control of Legoland for about £250 million, then merged it with Merlin. As part of the deal, KIRKBI AS, the investment arm of LEGO owners, took a share in Merlin Entertainments. Under The Blackstone Group in 2006, Merlin went on to buy Gardaland, an Italian theme park
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EDF Energy
EDF ENERGY is an integrated energy company in the United Kingdom, with operations spanning electricity generation and the sale of gas and electricity to homes and businesses throughout the United Kingdom . It employs 13,158 people and handles 5.7 million customer accounts. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 _No Dash For Gas_ action * 3 Electricity generation * 3.1 Fossil fuel * 3.2 Wind * 3.3 Nuclear * 3.4 Renewable energy * 3.5 Carbon intensity * 4 Sponsorship * 5 Marketing * 6 Distribution network operators * 7 EDF Energy\'s main locations * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links HISTORY EDF Energy Customers (trading as EDF Energy) is wholly owned by the French state-owned EDF (Électricité de France) and was formed in 2002 following the acquisition and mergers of SEEBOARD Plc (formerly the South Eastern Electricity Board), London Electricity Plc (formerly the London Electricity Board or LEB), SWEB Energy Plc (formerly the South Western Electricity Board) and two coal-fired power stations and a combined cycle gas turbine power station. In 2009, EDF Energy took control of the UK nuclear generator, British Energy , buying share capital from the government. This made EDF Energy one of the UK's largest generators, as well as the largest distribution network operator
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Ferris Wheel
A FERRIS WHEEL (sometimes called a BIG WHEEL, OBSERVATION WHEEL, or, in the case of the very tallest examples, GIANT WHEEL) is a nonbuilding structure consisting of a rotating upright wheel with multiple passenger-carrying components (commonly referred to as passenger cars, cabins, tubs, capsules, gondolas , or pods) attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, they are kept upright, usually by gravity. Some of the largest modern Ferris wheels have cars mounted on the outside of the rim, with electric motors to independently rotate each car to keep it upright. These wheels are sometimes referred to as observation wheels and their cars referred to as capsules, however these alternative names are also used for wheels with conventional gravity-oriented cars. The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World\'s Columbian Exposition in Chicago . The generic term Ferris wheel is now used for all such structures, which have become the most common type of amusement ride at state fairs in the United States. Since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris wheel there have been nine world's tallest-ever Ferris wheels. The current record holder is the 167.6-metre (550 ft) High Roller in Las Vegas , US, which opened to the public in March 2014
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Geographic Coordinate System
A GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATE SYSTEM is a coordinate system used in geography that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position , and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position . A common choice of coordinates is latitude , longitude and elevation . To specify a location on a two-dimensional map requires a map projection
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Julia Barfield
JULIA BARFIELD, FRSA MBE RIBA , (born 1952) is a British architect and director of Marks Barfield Architects , established in 1989. Barfield created the London Eye together with husband partner David Marks . Barfield has interest in vernacular architecture, geometry and in the way nature "designs and organizes itself so efficiently". She was influenced by Buckminster Fuller and his beliefs on how architects have a social and environmental responsibility. Barfield remains involved in a diverse array of projects within architecture, including the categories of culture, education, transportation, sports, leisure, and master planning. CONTENTS * 1 Education * 2 Experience * 3 Works * 3.1 London Eye * 4 Awards * 5 References EDUCATION Julia Barfield studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London from 1972 to 1978. During her year out, she went to South America and worked in the barriadas (squatter settlements) of Lima in Peru designing housing and a community centre. According to an interview with the Architects Journal Magazine, Barfield was drawn to architecture because of her parents' best friend's father, also an architect. She was interested in the arts and sciences, and believes that "architecture is a bridge" between these. EXPERIENCEAfter graduation, Barfield worked for Foster and Partners for nine years
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Marks Barfield
MARKS BARFIELD ARCHITECTS is a London-based architectural firm founded by husband and wife David Marks and Julia Barfield . Their work has included the London Eye , the treetop walkway in Kew Gardens and the i360 observation tower in Brighton, England . In 2012 they were hired to design a six-mile rainforest canopy walkway for the Amazon Charitable Trust . REFERENCES * ^ Rose, Steve (27 March 2006). "Towering ambition". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2014. * ^ Klettner, Andrea (24 January 2012). " Marks Barfield plans Amazon rainforest walkway". BD Online
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Arup Group Limited
ARUP (officially ARUP GROUP LIMITED) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London which provides engineering, design, planning , project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment . The firm has over 14,000 staff based in 92 offices across 42 countries, and is present in Africa , the Americas, Australasia , East Asia, Europe and the Middle East . Arup has participated in projects in over 160 countries. Arup is owned by trusts , the beneficiaries of which are Arup's past and present employees, who receive a share of the firm's operating profit each year. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Notable projects * 2.1 Africa * 2.2 The Americas * 2.3 Asia * 2.4 Australia * 2.5 Europe * 2.6 Sports * 3 Awards * 4 Fellows * 5 Notable alumni and current staff * 6 Related companies * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORYThe firm was founded in London in 1946, as the Ove N. Arup Consulting Engineers by Ove Arup . He set out to build a firm where professionals of diverse disciplines could work together to produce projects of greater quality than was achievable by them working in isolation. In 1963, together with the architect Philip Dowson , Arup Associates was formed
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South Bank
The SOUTH BANK is an entertainment and commercial district of central London, next to the River Thames
River Thames
opposite the City of Westminster
City of Westminster
. It forms a narrow, unequal strip of riverside land within the London Borough of Lambeth
Lambeth
and the London Borough of Southwark where it joins Bankside
Bankside
. As with most central London districts its edges evolve and are informally defined however its central area is bounded by Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge . Its name was adopted during the Festival of Britain
Festival of Britain
over the local less attractive name of ' Lambeth
Lambeth
Marsh'; it includes the County Hall , complex with the Sea Life London Aquarium , the London Dungeon , Jubilee Gardens and the London Eye
London Eye
, the Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre
, Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall
and National Theatre , among its long list of attractions. Both the County Hall and the Shell Centre contain major residential parts. South Bank
South Bank
is 800 metres southeast of Charing Cross
Charing Cross

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River Thames
The RIVER THAMES (/tɛmz/ (_ listen ) TEMZ_ ) is a river that flows through southern England
England
, most notably through London. At 215 miles (346 km), it is the longest river entirely in England
England
and the second longest in the United Kingdom , after the River Severn . It also flows through Oxford
Oxford
(where it is called Isis ), Reading , Henley-on-Thames and Windsor . The lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway , derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock . It rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, and flows into the North Sea
North Sea
via the Thames Estuary . The Thames drains the whole of Greater London
London
. Its tidal section, reaching up to Teddington Lock , includes most of its London
London
stretch and has a rise and fall of 7 metres (23 ft). Running through some of the driest parts of mainland Britain and heavily abstracted for drinking water, the Thames' discharge is low considering its length and breadth: the Severn has a discharge almost twice as large on average despite having a smaller drainage basin. In Scotland
Scotland
, the Tay achieves more than double the average discharge from a drainage basin that is 60% smaller. Along its course are 45 navigation locks with accompanying weirs
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World's Tallest Ferris Wheel
A Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
(sometimes called a big wheel, observation wheel, or, in the case of the very tallest examples, giant wheel) is a nonbuilding structure consisting of a rotating upright wheel with multiple passenger-carrying components (commonly referred to as passenger cars, cabins, tubs, capsules, gondolas, or pods) attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, they are kept upright, usually by gravity. Some of the largest modern Ferris wheels have cars mounted on the outside of the rim, with electric motors to independently rotate each car to keep it upright. These wheels are sometimes referred to as observation wheels and their cars referred to as capsules, however these alternative names are also used for wheels with conventional gravity-oriented cars. The original Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel
was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The generic term Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
is now used for all such structures, which have become the most common type of amusement ride at state fairs in the United States.[1] Since the original 1893 Chicago
Chicago
Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
there have been nine world's tallest-ever Ferris wheels
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Star Of Nanchang
The STAR OF NANCHANG (Chinese : 南昌之星 or Chinese : 南昌之星摩天轮) is a 160-metre (525 ft) tall giant Ferris wheel located in the eastern Chinese city of Nanchang , the capital of Jiangxi Province . The Star of Nanchang opened for business in May 2006, having cost 57 million yuan (roughly $7.3 million) to build. Formerly the world\'s tallest Ferris wheel , it was succeeded by the 165-metre (541 ft) Singapore Flyer which officially opened to the public on March 1, 2008. The Star of Nanchang has 60 enclosed air-conditioned gondolas, each carrying up to 8 passengers, for a maximum capacity of 480 passengers. A single rotation takes approximately 30 minutes; the slow rotation speed allows passengers to embark and disembark without the wheel having to stop turning. Manufacturer's specifications plaque REFERENCES * ^ Shanghai scraps world\'s tallest Ferris wheel plan * ^ " Singapore Flyer opens to the public from Saturday". Channel NewsAsia. 1 March 2008
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Singapore Flyer
Coordinates : 1°17′21.83″N 103°51′47.63″E / 1.2893972°N 103.8632306°E / 1.2893972; 103.8632306 THE SINGAPORE FLYER GENERAL INFORMATION TYPE Ferris wheel LOCATION Singapore CONSTRUCTION STARTED 2005 COMPLETED 2008 OPENING 11 February 2008 (restricted) 1 March 2008 (soft) 15 April 2008 (official) COST S$ 240 million (US$180 million) ( GBP£ 90 million) OWNER 2003-2014: Singapore Flyer Pte Ltd 2014-Present: Straco Corporation Limited (90%), WTS Leisure Pte Ltd (10%) HEIGHT 165 m (541 ft) TECHNICAL DETAILS FLOOR AREA 33,700 m2 (362,700 sq ft) DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ARCHITECT Kisho Kurokawa Architects "> The Flyer has an overall height of 165 metres (541 ft) and was the world\'s tallest Ferris wheel until the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller , which is 2.6 m (9 ft) taller than the Flyer, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada , US, on 31 March 2014. The previous record holder, the Star of Nanchang , in Jiangxi , China, is 160 m (525 ft) tall, although its 153 m (502 ft) diameter wheel is larger than the Flyer's 150 m (492 ft) wheel. CONTENTS * 1 Early history * 2 Design * 3 Construction * 4 Opening * 5 Breakdowns and stoppages * 6 Financial difficulties and acquisition * 7 In media * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY HISTORY _ This section DOES NOT CITE ANY SOURCES
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High Roller (Ferris Wheel)
High Roller is a 550-foot tall (167.6 m),[3][4] 520-foot (158.5 m) diameter[5] giant Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States
United States
of America. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. It opened to the public on March 31, 2014 and is currently the world's tallest Ferris wheel
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Las Vegas Strip
The LAS VEGAS STRIP is a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County , Nevada , known for its concentration of resort hotels and casinos. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length, located immediately south of the Las Vegas city limits in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester . However, the Strip is often referred to as being in Las Vegas. Most of the Strip has been designated an All-American Road , and is considered a scenic route at night. Many of the largest hotel, casino , and resort properties in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Strip cityscape is highlighted by its use of contemporary architecture, lights and wide variety of attractions. Its hotels, casinos, restaurants, residential high-rises, entertainment offerings and skyline have established the Las Vegas Strip as one of the most popular and iconic tourist destinations in the United States , and the world
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