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Sinking Tower Re-Opens 2004-09-23

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Intolerance, Scotland.

‘The Millennium Tower’ at ‘The Glasgow Science Centre’ is to re-open to the public on Thursday 2004-09-26.

The 10 million GBP rotating tower had to be closed in 2002-02, just months after ‘The Glasgow Science Centre’ on the south bank of the Clyde opened to the public.

It was found to have sunk because of damage to two bearings in the rotating base mechanism.

Culture Minister Mr.Frank Mcaveety dubbed the tower a ‘cutting edge construction’ and welcomed the announcement.He said:

‘The opening of “The Glasgow Tower” is excellent news for everyone in Scotland.

‘Architectural icons have raised the profile of cities all over the world — the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, the London Eye — to name but a few.

‘We may have had to wait for “Glasgow Tower’s” opening — but its appeal will be enjoyed for many years to come’.

The tower, which is designed to rotate in the wind, will be open between 11:00 and 18:00 BST seven days a week. However, it will be closed when the wind speed exceeds 17 m/s.

At 127 m, (sic) the tower has been hailed as Scotland’s tallest free-standing structure.

Management said that because the structure was unique, detailed work had to be undertaken in designing and testing a new bearing for the base following the original bearing’s malfunction.

‘The Science Centre’ chief executive Mr.Brian Weddell said:

‘In designing and building “Glasgow Tower” we tested the boundaries of engineering — and the end result is a fantastic and significant achievement for Glasgow, a world-class experience for visitors and our pioneering contribution to engineering science‘.

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