Grande roue de Londres POMA
England – London – 2000

London Eye • Londres

Right in the heart of London, on the banks of the River Thames, 32 rotating capsules climb to 135 m, taking visitors above the rooftops of London for an exceptional view of the entire capital.

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Observation Wheel
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The project

Built in 1999 to celebrate the 3rd millennium, the Great Wheel of London was supposed to be temporary. Today it is still one of the most visited tourist attractions on the planet. To produce the capsules for this observation wheel, which was for several years the highest in the world, POMA delivered its expertise in technology and automation.

London Eye

In motion

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Wheel size

160 m

Number of capsules


Number of people per capsule


temps de rotation

Duration of the rotation

30 minutes



0.9 m/s


1600 people per hour

POMA, innovation

For the project

Giant Wheel

With its 60-metre diameter, the London Eye was the first panoramic wheel – known as the “Big Wheel” – for which POMA designed, produced, and installed ovoid capsules made to measure. The Las Vegas High Roller, the Shenzhen Ferris Wheel and the Dubai Wheel have cemented POMA’s place in this specific market.


Innovative capsules

The rotating capsules designed by architect David Marks turn on themselves through an ad-hoc POMA system, in order to maintain horizontal stability regardless of the wheel movement. Made of high-quality curved optical-quality laminated glass, which is exclusive POMA technology, and attached to the outside of the wheel structure, they offer an ideal panoramic view.

Boarding solution

SEMER developed solutions to customise the tried-and-tested boarding technique in ropeway transport

The London Eye in pictures

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POMA Special Projects

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France – Lyon – 2018

POMA carried out the special inspection of the iconic funicular railway in Lyon. During the inspection, its carriers as well as the drive station were completely renovated and upgraded in SIGMA’s workshops, according to the SYTRAL guidelines aimed at “providing users with an even greater level of comfort, while preserving the line’s historic heritage”.


Hong Kong Wheel

China – Hong Kong – 2014

POMA produced the 45 cabins for the Hong Kong observation wheel in China. The observation wheel offers spectacular views over the bay and megacity centre, both during the day and at night.


Ain Dubai

United Arab Emirates – Dubai – 2020

For the world’s largest observation wheel, commissioned for the Dubai World Expo, POMA built 48 outsized capsules, the largest and heaviest ever produced. The teams came up with evermore ingenious product development solutions and met a very high level of customer demand.



England – Brighton – 2016

POMA designed and manufactured the entire pod and drive system of the world’s tallest observation tower, known as the British Airways i360. A unique concept, located on the Brighton seafront in the south of England.


Shenzhen Observation Wheel

China – Shenzhen – 2020

POMA produced the 28 capsules of the observation wheel for the Chinese megalopolis of Shenzhen. Developed specifically to withstand a very hot and humid climate, they presented a real technical challenge, which the group’s teams managed to overcome.


Miami Airport

United States – Miami – 2016

Miami International Airport inaugurated its two APMs in 2016 and 2017. The two APM trains travel 375 m and carry up to 12,000 passengers per hour between the main terminal and terminal E.


Cairo Airport

Egypt – Cairo – 2012

The expanding Cairo International Airport, one of the largest in the Middle East, wanted a high-performance link to connect its three airport terminals and to provide access to the car parks and shopping centre. The specifications for the construction of the MiniMetro® were speed, silence, comfort, availability and also environmental considerations.


Liaison Blanc Blanc

France – Grenoble – 2010

“Liaison Blanc-Blanc” is more than just a funicular railway, it is a mini mobile clean room, ISO 6 classified, which connects the two controlled environment areas of the Grenoble CEA over 250 metres.


The High Roller

United states – Las Vegas – 2014

Caesars Entertainment has entrusted the POMA Group with the design and manufacture of the High Roller observation wheel capsules. A flagship attraction of “The Linq”, a new urban and entertainment district in Las Vegas.