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Design and constructionThe EDF Energy London Eye was constructed flat on the river and hoisted up into the vertical position in one operation.

It is the largest structure ever raised in this manner - and the most dramatic piece of construction ever seen in the capital.

Yet the London Eye was originally a temporary structure. Launched in 2000 as part of the capital's millennium celebrations, the original planning permission was only for five years. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, which was constructed using over 2 million hot-driven rivets, the wheel was designed and built so that it could be dismantled and moved to a different location if necessary.

However, due to its overwhelming popularity, the initial lease has been extended and it is now a permanent fixture on London's skyline.

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