The millennium wheel finally reached an upright position this week and is already dominating views of its South Bank home.
The BA London Eye was raised from the 650 angle it was initially erected to last week to its full height of 450ft. It now towers above the nearby Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
The first attempt to lift the wheel a month ago when engineers ran into problems with a lifting cable bracket. Despite this disruption to the schedule organisers believe the remaining work will be completed in time for the millennium celebrations in January. Once the drive systems have been checked the next stage in the operation will be the installation of 32 viewing capsules, each able to carry 25 passengers. These will be floated up the river to Westminster from their storage depot in Dartford, Kent.