WATCH: Observation wheel arrives on Scarborough seafront

Scarborough’s new observation wheel has arrived on the seafront this morning.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 1:51 pm
The observation wheel has arrived today.
The observation wheel has arrived today.

The first sections of the wheel are at the former Futurist site and will now be assembled over the course of five days.

Observation Wheel UK Ltd will bring the structure on four articulated vehicles with seven technical engineers working on the project.

Day one is spent levelling and putting up the main towers with day two involving putting all the support arms in place.

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The observation wheel has arrived today.

Days three and four will see the gondolas attached to the wheel and· all the associated steps, fences and walkways installed.

The final day is reserved for washing, cleaning and polishing.

Three of the trailers will be removed from the site with one staying in place as the main support for the wheel. Once erected, three gondolas can be loaded at a time with passengers.

The observation wheel will carry a maximum of 144 passengers with six people seated in each of its 24 enclosed gondolas when it opens to the public on July 30.

The wheel on the former Futurist site.

The wheel will operate until Monday August 26. If successful, however, and Scarborough Council is happy with all aspects of the operation, it has an option to extend the lease until November 10, subject to planning permission.