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A stunning engineering feat

Spread across five sites, a river and demanding never before attempted methods of assembly, our agreement to deliver The Emirates Air Line was a very brave move for us.

As the UK’s first urban cable car there was a lot about this project that was unprecedented, but we brought it to life in just 12 months. We led a consortium of experts to do so, using clear leadership, creative thinking and a commitment to getting it right first time.

Complex construction

This was a complex project in five separate site locations on either side of the Thames. The two 90 metre, 570 tonne main towers needed to be absolutely stable for the service to operate safely, and with minimal movement during high winds. Each tower was designed as a complex helix structure using 3D modelling.

The South Tower was built in the middle of the Thames which required working deep in tidal waters and under a nearby airport. Simply lifting the steelwork into place called for the largest lifting capacity crawler crane in the UK.

“The Emirates Air Line is a fantastic addition to the city’s skyline”

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London

A very public success

Macro’s appointment to run the entire operations of the cable car including front of house services, security and maintenance for three years was unprecedented for us, and for the industry. With no systems or procedures existing, our role included defining the client’s vision to create a fully managed and reliable service.

Since its opening the cable car has welcomed over 4 million passengers, and has been given a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. We are very proud to have brought this much needed river crossing to the capital. 

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