Observation wheel

The Southern Star (observation wheel)

The Southern Star is an observation wheel under construction for the Waterfront City precinct at Melbourne Docklands in Melbourne, Australia. It will be the only permanent observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere and is the equivalent height of a forty storey building.

The high wheel is similar in concept to, but will not be as high as, the London Eye, which is high. Its height is perhaps best gauged in relation to the nearby Bolte Bridge which has two high towers.

When completed, the structure will have of steel and of LED lighting. Each of the 21 air-conditioned glass enclosed capsules measures in length and in height, can accommodate up to 20 passengers, and will have extensive views of the city and Port Phillip Bay and as far as Geelong. The developer forecasts that the wheel will attract 1.5 million visitors each year.

The project, being undertaken by ING Real Estate, is expected to cost A$100 million and is due to be completed in November 2008.

This project is being managed by Hansen Yuncken. The 21 passenger pods were manufactured by Sanoyas Hishino Meisho in Osaka, Japan. The supporting steel columns were manufactured in Tasmania by Alfasi Group and the wheel structure was manufactured in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong.

As of 1 March 2008 the outer ring of the wheel has been completed. The passenger pods arrived onsite on 10 June 2008 for installation.


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