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London Eye revamps HVAC in £12.5mill overhaul

A £12.5 million revamp of the London Eye will include an overhaul of the heating and ventilating for each pod.

A spokesman for London Eye operator Merlin Entertainments Group said: “A number of upgrades will be made to each capsule in addition to a minor visual facelift.

'As a direct result of customer feedback, the existing heating and ventilation system (HVAC) will be upgraded to a more efficient, environmentally friendly one.”

The upgraded capsules will also have increased technological functions to enhance the multi media experience.

David Sharpe, from Merlin, said: “This will ensure the London Eye operates at maximum efficiency and is cutting down its carbon footprint well into the future.’

“‘Merlin believes that investment is more important than ever in the current economic climate when both local and international visitors to attractions like the London Eye are looking for real value for their leisure pound.”

As each capsule is removed, it will travel down the Thames to Silvertown in London’s docklands where it will be loaded onto a truck and transported to a workshop in Worcester to be upgraded before returning to the London Eye.

A non-operational capsule will take position on the London Eye until the final capsule is returned. This project will serve to reduce downtime and maintenance on the London Eye though it will continue to close for a short period in January to perform routine maintenance.