Wessex Galvanizers is reaching for the skies after playing its part in the construction of a breathtaking 50 metre high tourist attraction in Brighton.
The Eastleigh-based plant has provided its hot dip galvanizing treatment to 32 tonnes of steel used to support the £6 million Brighton Wheel. East Sussex-based CRB Construction has used the metalwork to produce all the supporting elements including the substantial base frame, platform, and supporting columns for the wheel, which has been built close to the seaside town’s Palace Pier.
At 50 metres high, and with 32 gondolas for passengers, the Brighton Wheel is the seaside town’s answer to the London Eye, and enables up to 284 visitors at a time to enjoy a 12 minute ride of three full rotations. The ride features air conditioned capsules, a commentary by comedian Steve Coogan, and astounding panoramic views out across the South Downs from a 45 metre peak.
“Having the steelwork we used to produce the platform, powerhouse, and base framework for the Brighton Wheel galvanized will ensure it is protected against rusting for decades to come, enabling the attraction to be enjoyed for years to come,” Robin Burchett, Managing Director of CRB Construction, said, “We were very pleased with Wessex Galvanizers support during the whole project, they could not have been more helpful and provided an extremely swift turnaround, which ensured that our part of the exacting operation was completed on schedule.”
“We’re extremely honoured to have contributed towards what has grown to be a truly spectacular tourist attraction,” Richard Whiddett, Commercial Manager of Wessex Galvanizers, commented. “The Brighton Wheel provides some breathtaking views out over the coastline, which I’ve seen for myself after taking a spin on the ride a few weeks ago.”
Drawing crowds of hundreds on its first day in operation last October, the wheel is expected to attract 250,000 visitors to Brighton over its five-year installation. It has already created 30 new jobs, and has been praised by businesses and members of the tourist industry in the city.