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Disney World making eyes at London's giant wheel

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The BA London Eye team, including Marks Barfield Architects, is considering a dozen proposals from international cities, developers and theme parks to replicate its design for the giant riverside Ferris wheel.

Disney World in Florida is understood to be among the parties interested in buying a franchise on the wheel to produce a replica. A spokesman for British Airways described all the approaches as 'speculative' and refused to say whether any price had been put on reproducing the design.

The wheel's copyright is owned jointly by the architects, BA and operator, the Tussauds Group. Both BA and Marks Barfield have been bombarded with requests over the past three weeks. A working group made up of architect David Marks, BA's project manager Paul Baxter and general manager of the London Eye Andrew Potter are evaluating the proposals.

But the architects said they may want to make changes to the design if it is to appear elsewhere.

'As designers, we might want to improve on the current structure,' said partner at Marks Barfield, Julia Barfield. 'We haven't made any decisions yet and we're putting our efforts into getting this one right before doing others.'

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