Wheel of Manchester
|Wheel of Manchester|
Wheel of Manchester in 2008
|Status||Opened 2004. Removed in April 2012.|
|Location||Exchange Square, Manchester city centre, England|
Wheel of Manchester was a transportable Ferris wheel installation at Exchange Square, Manchester, England, which operated from 2004 to 2012. The first wheel was first installed in 2004 which was a success and consequently a larger wheel was erected in May 2007. The most recent installation, operated by Great City Attractions, was also known as The Capital Wheel of Manchester. Following its last day of operation on 15 April 2012, it was dismantled and moved to Edinburgh.
A 91.4-metre (300 ft) wheel was planned for 2008. In 2010, Manchester City Council proposed a 120 m (394 ft) wheel, to be operated by World Tourist Attractions, as a replacement for the existing transportable installation, with Piccadilly Gardens the possible site and completion expected by Christmas 2011.
Although plans for a larger wheel weren't publicly rejected, they never materialised. The most recent wheel was removed in April 2012 due to a number of events and nearby developments. Great City Attractions recommended to move the wheel to another area of the city such as Piccadilly Gardens, but this was rejected with the Council airing concerns about the wheel limiting space in Piccadilly.
Manchester City Council stated that they thought the wheel had "probably run its course in terms of an attraction" since its opening in 2004. The Council also added that space in Exchange Square was required for a number of reasons, including public viewing space for the 2012 Olympics and space for adjacent redevelopment projects, such as the Metrolink 2CC on Corporation Street and renovation of The Triangle.
The removal of the Ferris wheel was welcomed by some who believed the wheel had run its course as an attraction. Tony Wilson, one of Manchester's most famous cultural patrons, hated the Ferris wheel stating: "It ruins a perfectly good square and it's a poor imitation of something London's done a lot better. We shouldn't be doing it."
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- The Captial (sic) Wheel of Manchester
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- Ferris wheel on the way
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