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Falkirk Wheel panorama

By YorkshireSam
The Millennium Link was an ambitious 84.5m project with the objective of restoring navigability across Scotland on the historic Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, providing a corridor of regenerative activity through central Scotland.


A major challenge faced, was to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these were dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.

What was required was a method of connecting these two canals by way of a boat lift. British Waterways (now Scottish Canals) were keen to present a visionary solution taking full advantage of the opportunity to create a truly spectacular and fitting structure that would suitably commemorate the Millennium and act as an iconic symbol for years to come.

The resultant, a perfectly balanced structure that is The Falkirk Wheel - the world's first and only rotating boat lift - was the eventual outcome of our collaboration with a design team that combined international experience of joint venture contractor Morrison-Bachy-Soletanche with leading specialists from Ove Arup Consultants, Butterley Engineering and Scotland-based RMJM architects.

Completion of The Millennium Link project was officially marked by Her Majesty The Queen on 24 May 2002 at The Falkirk Wheel.

For anyone interested it can be seen better via the link at 5,000 pixels wide

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Tags: Architecture Falkirk wheel

Voters: RonnieAG, Andysnapper, NaturesHaven and 15 more

Comments


29 Apr 2013 8:14AM
A great shot of this iconic structure.
Because of the recent pictures on EPZ (and the great narrative(S) we will be visiting the Falkirk Wheel when on holiday, we leave on Wednesday to do a UK tour and expect to reach Scotland in about two weeks time and spend a couple of weeks (at least) exploring. At 67 I have never been there so I'm going to make the most of it and the photo opportunities that come with it.
Cal
A very well done pano, with a good narrative showing the full site in good detail
richmowil Plus
12 474 2 England
29 Apr 2013 10:00AM
So well put together!! Super Image!!
boov Plus
9 2 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 2:05PM
Cracking shot
29 Apr 2013 7:44PM
Great image of this amazing and unique structure
Maurice
Take-a-View 17 293 5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 7:47AM
Good to see a shot of the entire structure and its surroundings
YorkshireSam 12 110 3 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 11:51AM
Thank you all for your encouraging comments and votes and an extra thank you to Callaby for the user award. kind regards, Sam

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