Rein­vent­ing the wheel

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IF YOU’VE BEEN to the Falkirk Wheel and thought it was amaz­ing, it’s set to get even bet­ter as a £1-mil­lion pro­gramme to re­vamp and de­velop new vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences at the world’s only ro­tat­ing boat lift gets un­der­way.

The project will see the 14-year-old Wheel, which links the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, re­fur­bished in­side and out, with the ex­ist­ing vis­i­tor cen­tre, trip boats, con­fer­ence rooms and ac­tiv­ity hub re­freshed with new brand­ing, sig­nage and in­ter­pre­ta­tion cel­e­brat­ing the en­gi­neer­ing be­hind the iconic struc­ture.

The Wheel will re­main open through­out the work, which is due to be com­pleted this sum­mer. The project forms part of a phased in­vest­ment plan which will see fur­ther im­prove­ments and new vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences de­vel­oped over the com­ing years to keep the at­trac­tion fresh and en­cour­age peo­ple to come back time and again.

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