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The Wheel of Sheffield was a 60-metre (197 ft) tall transportable Ferris wheel installation on Fargate, by the Town Hall, in Sheffield, England.

Wheel of Sheffield
Sheffield Wheel.jpg
The Wheel Of Sheffield viewed from the town hall
General information
Status Dismantled; relocated to Hyde Park, London
Type Ferris wheel
Location Fargate, Sheffield, England
Coordinates 53°22′52″N 1°28′12″W / 53.3810°N 1.4699°W / 53.3810; -1.4699Coordinates: 53°22′52″N 1°28′12″W / 53.3810°N 1.4699°W / 53.3810; -1.4699
Completed 20 July 2009
Demolished November 2010
Height 60 m (197 ft)
A view of the structure from below

It was opened on 20 July 2009,[1] and was intended to remain until January 2010.[2] However, planning permission was sought for a further year of operation,[3] and permission was granted for it to remain until January 2011.[4] This date however was brought forward to October 2010, when the operator planned to dismantle the wheel and relocate it to Hyde Park, London.[5] The Wheel of Sheffield closed for good on 31 October 2010, and it had been completely dismantled by 20 November 2010.

It had 42 passenger cars, each with an 8-person capacity, and was operated by World Tourist Attractions.[6] One revolution on the wheel took around 13 minutes. It also featured a commentary pointing out local landmarks and places of interest.[1]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sheffield's big wheel ready to roll a week early". Yorkshire Post. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sheffield to receive big wheel attraction". Best Western. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Big wheel to roll on for another year". Sheffield Star. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Steel city wheel extends its stay". BBC News. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Iconic landmark set to leave city centre early". Sheffield Star. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Wheel of Sheffield sponsored by Hallam FM - Official Website". World Tourist Attractions. Retrieved 2 August 2010.