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Hauraton keeps dry the London Eye

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A breathtaking feat of design and engineering the EDF London Eye was originally known as the Millennium Wheel. The 135 metre high structure affords a 360° panoramic view that stretches 40 km (25 miles) over London and the surrounding countryside. Now one of London’s top attractions with 3.5 million visitors each year, efficient drainage of its surrounding concourse is of paramount importance.

Since its opening in March 2000, the original installation of Polymer drainage channel had deteriorated to a point where there were serious concerns over public safety by the current operator, the London Eye Company Limited. After extensive discussions with Hauraton, it was decided that the broken Polymer channel should be replaced with the company’s strong, robust FASERFIX® KS 100mm channels fitted with Class E600 ductile iron HEELSAFE gratings.

The gratings were treated with corrosion resistant coating KTL, which is absorbed by the iron allowing Hauraton to give a life time guarantee for the grating. KS channels are made from the company’s fibre reinforced concrete and feature metal protection along their top edges. Not only does this detail provide exceptional wear resistance and increased load bearing capability, unlike some products on the market, the channels are so strong, even prior to installation, they are able to endure the rigours of site work.

The channels also feature SIDE-LOCK®, a patented boltless system that allows the gratings to be removed quickly and re-fitted easily for cleaning and maintenance Once a 500mm long grating is positioned over the channel, foot pressure is simply applied. A loud click is then heard which confirms the cover is securely locked. The cover can be removed using a large screwdriver inserted into a discreet leverage point. The system has proved to be 90% quicker than any other fixing method available. In practice, 10 metres of cover can be removed in about 90 seconds with just 70 seconds to replace all 20 covers.

Andy Beirne, Hauraton’s Project Engineer recalled the job required meticulous planning,

All work had to be completed in 10 days so we carefully co-ordinated delivery of 150m of channel with the contractor, Dayco Maintenance to meet this constraint. All materials were delivered as planned allowing the project to be completed on time

Project Information

  • Project: The EDF London Eye also known as the Millennium Wheel.
  • Original Client: British Airways (Sponsor) Marks Barfield Architects and The Tussauds Group.
  • Current Operator: London Eye Company Limited, a Merlin Entertainments Group Company.
  • Authority: Westminster City Council.
  • Architect: David Marks and Julia Barfield
  • Groundwork contractor for new drainage scheme: Dayco Maintenance.
  • Hauraton Project Engineer: Andy Beirne Mobile 07595 511956 andy.beirne@hauraton.co.uk
  • Surface water drainage systems and Hydraulics Design Support: Hauraton Limited
  • Phase 1 – 150m of FASERFIX® KS100 drainage channels were installed in the London Eye concourse.

From the London Eye website

Since opening in March 2000 the EDF Energy London Eye has become an iconic landmark and a symbol of modern Britain. The London Eye is the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year.
Passengers in the London Eye’s capsules can see up to 40 km in all directions.
The London Eye is the vision of David Marks and Julia Barfield, a husband and wife architect team. The wheel design was used as a metaphor for the end of the 20th century, and time turning into the new millennium.