The cables comprise 16 rim rotation cables, 64 spoke cables and 6 backstay cables, whilst the compression foundation sited underneath the A-frame legs called for 2,200 tonnes of concrete with 44 concrete piles, each of which is 33 metres (108 feet) deep.
The wheel rotates continuously save for when access is required by the mobility-impaired or wheelchair users.
The capsules were constructed by ski-lift cabin manufacturer Sigma Composite, whilst the capsules' control systems were manufactured by SEMER.
The London Eye is not - strictly speaking - a Ferris wheel, due in part to the nature of its support structure and its enclosed passenger capsules.
This was the world's tallest ferris wheel until the erection of the Star of Nanchang in 2006.
Awards garnered include TripAdvisor.com's 'Best Attraction in Europe' (2007), The World Travel Awards' 'World's Leading Attraction' (2004), The 2003 Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation, and Travellers' Choice Awards 'Best Millennium Attraction' (2001).
The BA London Eye is London's highest public vantage point.
The London Eye has won in excess of 75 accolades for national and international tourism, engineering achievement and for the quality of its architecture.
Phenomenally successful as both a tourist attraction and universally recognisable city landmark, the Eye was the first of the new generation of 21st century super ferris wheels to have sprung up around the world.
Completed in 1999, the Eye didn't open to the public until March 2000 despite a schedule which envisioned it being in operation to usher in the so-called millennium eve of 1999/2000.
On opening, the capsules each had their own guides who would give a commentary on the city as it unfolded below.
The wheel was constructed with components from Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and France and were raised from the horizontal to the vertical from the river Thames.
The tension foundation, which holds the backstay cables, utilised 1,200 tonnes of concrete.
The London Eye was a RIBA award winner 1999.
The weight of the wheel is 640 tonnes, the boarding platform is 6.2 metres (20.3 feet) wide and 58 metres (190 feet) long and weighs 98 tonnes.
32 capsules measuring 8 metres (26 feet) in length and 4 metres (13 feet) in diameter can accommodate up to 800 people and afford a view of 25 miles (40 kilometres), weather permitting.
The capsules each weigh .5 tonnes with glass which is double-curved and laminated and their curved shape increases strength whilst minimising wind-drag on the whole structure.
The spindle, which is made by Skoda Steel, is 25 metres (82 feet) long and weighs 350 tonnes. The A-frame is 70 metres (229.6 feet) long, weighs 310 tonnes and each leg can take a compression load of 1,000 tonnes.
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