Wheel of Sheffield

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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)

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

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]


References[edit]

  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.