Glasgow Science Centre tower to reopen on 19 July

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The Glasgow Science Centre tower is to reopen on 19 July, almost four years after visitors were last allowed up it.

The 127m (416ft) rotating tower has been plagued by problems since it opened in 2001 and has been closed for more than 80% of its life.

The Science Centre said the £10m structure had undergone a £1.8m revamp with repairs to the thrust bearing and replacement of the existing lifts.

Trips to the 105-metre high viewing cabin will cost £4.95.

The tower will remain open for the rest of Science Centre's summer season before closing on 2 November for the winter.

Science Centre chief executive Dr Stephen Breslin said he was "excited" by the reopening of "an iconic landmark along the River Clyde and a world-class feat of engineering".

Towering disappointment

  • 21 June 2001 - Science centre opens but tower not ready
  • 5 July 2001 - Queen officially opens science centre but she cannot go up tower
  • 8 July 2001 - 20 people get to top before lift doors fail. Lifts too heavy, causing system to overheat
  • October 2001 - Tower finally opens
  • Feb 2002 - Two bearings in the rotating base mechanism have sunk by almost an inch. Tower closed
  • August 2003 - Tower jacked up on to temporary supports so new bearings can be put in
  • August 2004 - Tower reopens but people turned away when lift fails
  • January 2005 - Major setback as 10 people, including four children, were trapped for five hours after a cable carrying their lift snapped and the emergency brakes were triggered
  • Christmas 2006 - Tower opens but problems and lengthy maintenance periods continue
  • August 2010 - Tower closes because of technical problems
  • July 2014 - Tower set to reopen on Saturday 19 July after £1.8m revamp

"We have been working on bringing the tower back into operation for some time now and we are pleased that it will be open for visitors from both home and abroad to enjoy this summer," he said.

"There has been a significant investment in the refurbishments and the visitor experience to ensure Glasgow Tower is a must-visit location for Glaswegians, Scots and international visitors alike."

The tower is said to be the only structure on earth capable of rotating 360 degrees into the prevailing wind.

It holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest fully rotating freestanding structure in the world and is also the tallest freestanding structure in Scotland.

Some of the cost of the redevelopment was paid for by money from a settlement reached with the original contractors.

The rest of the cost has been met by Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow City Council.

Bailie Liz Cameron, executive member for jobs and the economy at Glasgow City Council, said: "This is a great day for Glasgow as we mark the reopening of the Glasgow Tower, a fantastic building on the banks of the Clyde.

Glasgow Science Centre Tower Visitors to the 105-metre high viewing cabin will have a 20-mile view of Glasgow

"The remarkable technology and engineering behind this extraordinary structure continues the great tradition of these fields in Glasgow.

"I am certain the Glasgow Tower will prove to be a great attraction for both the people of the city and our visitors."

The refurbishment of the tower has added a new interactive visitor experience area at its base and new technology in the viewing cabin.

Visitors to the 105-metre high cabin will be able to take in 20-mile views of Glasgow and its surroundings on a clear day.

The Science Centre expects the tower to be an extremely popular attraction over the summer, with Glasgow's population swelled during the Commonwealth Games.

It said time slots for visiting the viewing cabin would be allocated and urged potential visitors to book tickets in advance.

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