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Jan 4, 2008, 4:13 PM
Building Request Form - The Falkirk Wheel

Official sources: http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/falkirk/falkirkwheel/index.html (http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/falkirk/falkirkwheel/index.html)
Unofficial sources: http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/feature-the-world-s-first-and-only-rotating-boat-wheel-video (http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/feature-the-world-s-first-and-only-rotating-boat-wheel-video)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkirk_Wheel

Building Name: The Falkirk Wheel
Native Name:
Other Names:
Central Belt of Scotland, The Forth and Clyde Canal, Clyde at Glasgow (http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/glasgow/glasgow/index.html) to the Forth at Grangemouth. (http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/grangemouth/grangemouth/index.html)
City: Glasgow
Postal Code:
State/Province: Scotland
Country: UK
Official Building Website URL: http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/index.asp
Skyscrapers.com (Emporis.info) URL:
Interesting Facts/Records (in own words):

The total budget for the Millennium Link was £84.5m, £32m of which came from lottery funds. By far the largest single element, £17.5m, was spent tackling the problem that had first been encountered in the 1820s: how to bring the two canals together. The site of the original flight of 11 locks had been redeveloped, and while 11 locks might have been an acceptable solution for a professional boatman in the early 1800s, it was hardly likely to be attractive to the leisure sailors of today.

The solution is the Falkirk Wheel. Boats approaching from the higher Union Canal (http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/falkirk/unioncanal/index.html) now use a new length of waterway before descending through two locks. They then progress through a new 168m long tunnel that emerges at the start of a 104m concrete aqueduct. The far end of this opens directly into the upper of the two "gondolas" of the Falkirk Wheel.

The wheel then rotates, and having descended, what is now the lower gondola opens out into a 100m circular basin whose landscaping carefully conceals its origins as an open cast pit. On one side of this is the beautifully curved structure of the visitor centre. One final lock at the far end of the basin lowers boats to the level of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Each gondola contains 300 tonnes of water, meaning that the wheel moves 600 tonnes on each lift. But because the gondolas are always in balance (because boats displace their own weight of water) moving them takes surprisingly little power. Up to eight boats can be carried at any one time.


- antenna:
- spire: 35m
- roof:
- top floor:
- other heights:

Current Building Status (Built, Proposed, Canceled, Destroyed, etc...): Built

Construction Dates--
- started: 2000
- finished: 2002
- destroyed:

Above ground floors:
Below ground floors:
Floor-to-floor height:
Gross Floor area:
Elevator count: 1
Unit count: 1

Structure Type(s): Ferris Wheel
Building Use(s): Navigation, Channel
Building Style(s): Modern
Building Materials: Concrete, Steel.

Photo Link: http://ronfleur.r.o.pic.centerblog.net/2pysqmrt.jpg



Mar 7, 2008, 11:58 PM
Done!. Please someone move away... Thanks. :tup: