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STEEL AWARD SNUBS WHEEL

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Marks Barfield Architects' BA London Eye has been disqualified from the Structural Steel Design Awards Scheme 2000 for containing elements which were not fabricated in the UK. HOK + Lobb's design for the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has also suffered the same fate. A spokeswoman for the practice said that they were surprised by the decision as the Wheel sports a number of innovative design features. She pointed out that all the steel on the structure had been made by British Steel and much of the fabrication was done in the UK. But the awards' rules say designs must feature steel manufactured and fabricated in the UK. The spindle and rim of the wheel were fabricated in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands respectively, but the plinth, boarding platform and pier were all made in the UK.

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