WOW! Big wheel in Worthing set to rise into the seafront sky

The WOW is nearly here. From Tuesday (May 7, 2019) work will begin in Worthing to build the biggest big observation wheel on the south coast.

Contractors will be fencing off the area between The Beacon and the Beach Office at the bottom of Montague Place ready to drive foundations into the beach and promenade to support the 46-metre high Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW).

The foundation piles to support a temporary base will be worked on through May with assembly and erection of the WOW taking place in June with the opening of the spectacular ride scheduled for early July.

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said, “This is great news. I really will enjoy watching the WOW rise into the sky to become an iconic landmark on our ever-improving seafront. I’m sure visitors and residents alike will enjoy the WOW for years to come.

“Obviously there will be a little bit of inconvenience as it is constructed for which we apologise but once this observation wheel is up and working the benefits will soon be obvious.”

The area where the WOW will be situated will be fenced off while supporting pillars are driven into the ground, the platform is built and the wheel constructed.

The promenade will be partially closed for a short period while eight articulated lorries bringing in the parts of the wheel from their construction base in Holland. The wheel will then be constructed on site, in a process which will take just a few days.

Worthing Borough Council has entered into a three-year lease arrangement with deKoning Leisure Ltd for the WOW to operate for a six to nine month period between April and October and then being dismantled for the winter. The company, a specialist in leisure attractions, ran the successful Steyne Gardens wheel last year which attracted 10,000 visitors a month.

At a height of 46 metres, the equivalent of nine double decker buses, the WOW will give unparalleled views of the town, Downs and the Channel. There will be a total of 36 pods with a capacity of 6 people each.

Worthing Borough Council has incurred minimal costs for setting up the WOW deal with de Koning paying for all construction and operating costs as well as assuming all trading risk.


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