Plans are afoot to bring a version of the famous London eye, to the skyline of Bath.
The attraction, to be called AuquEye (Aqua sulis anyone?…No? Take the tour!) will be 65m which brings it at just under half the Millennium Wheel which lies on the South Bank in London. Set to be next to the famous 18th century Pulteney Bridge, built atop of Pulteney Weir Island will reach its view of the Georgian rooftops (including the Abbey) in 20 seconds, and each capsule will carry a maximum of 25 people.
Such an addition will understandably be met with concern by many (including us) but no doubt aesthetics will be key. Predicting this, the archedtect responsible Nicholas Stubbs states “Having worked as an architect in Bath for over 25 years I well understand the sensitivities of this World Heritage city. Although brilliant, I could not see the London Eye working here. AquEye will lift people high enough to enjoy and interpret the city from above, but will be low profile enough to preserve Bath’s traditional views.”