THE WOW - Worthing Observation Wheel - Worthing's newest seafront attraction!
ALL ABOUT THE WOW
WOW – the Worthing Observation Wheel – accurately describes Worthing’s newest seafront attraction!
WOW has been constructed and is operated by a private company, de Koning Leisure Ltd. Worthing Borough Council’s involvement extends to providing the land, monitoring overall activity and working on joint promotions via Discover Worthing.
Worthing Borough Council piloted an Observation Wheel in 2018.
Due to the wheel’s success and a positive public response, the Council openly tendered the opportunity for a more permanent fixture.
We at de Koning Leisure Ltd responded and were successful in securing the project. We secured planning permission on 27th March 2019.
The total build took approximately two months. This was split between foundation works and construction works.
In future years this time will be reduced down to two weeks only as no further foundation works will be necessary.
The wheel was transported on eight articulated lorries. Joining Worthing promenade at the gated entrance opposite Heene Road – the lorries, travelling in pairs, were escorted down the promenade by the Council’s foreshore team, along a designated access route.
The technical drawings of the piling design and structure have been informed and tested by a team of expert structural engineers.
Both the technical drawings and the mathematics supporting the design have been rigorously inspected and verified by independent structural engineers, HOP Associates, acting on behalf of Worthing Borough Council.
The final part of this engineering assessment was a pre-use inspection and initial test onsite before the WOW was signed off for operation.
The WOW opened to the public in July 2019.
When the wheel and base is removed at the end of each Summer/Autumn season the foreshore shingle will be used to cover over the concrete pile caps. The promenade and beach will be returned to how it looked prior to the wheel arriving.
No, the WOW has been specifically made for Worthing seafront.
The wheel was built in the Netherlands by observation wheel specialists, Lamberink. The WOW was shipped to Dover on eight articulated lorries. Lamberink observation wheels are built according to the European and British Standard EN13814.
The wheel is 46 meters high. It is the highest observation wheel to be placed in South East England.
No, Lamberink wheels are remarkably quiet. The wheel is powered by electricity and is no louder than that of an electric car driving along a road.
The WOW is a beautiful, elegant structure. It is entirely white with 36 white ‘pods’. The pods feature clear glass and are entirely enclosed. Only white lights are used on the wheel and these do not flash. During the evening, when the wheel is partially illuminated, the illuminance level either horizontally or vertically down to the promenade is fixed at less than 10 lux. By way of example a street light used for area populated by cyclists and/or pedestrians (such as Worthing promenade) may be anything from 12 to 7.5 lux.
Tickets prices are:
- £8 for adults
- £6 for children under 1.4m
- children under 2 are free
- A family of four ticket is great value at £23
You can buy tickets online from this link www.ticketline.co.uk or just turn up and buy them at the Wheel.
Yes, one of the pods features flat access with room for one wheelchair user and three seated passengers.
Monday to Saturday 11am till 7pm
Sunday 11am till 6pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
On a clear day you can see up to 10 miles in all directions.
The WOW will be in Worthing until 1st October each year. However, should the weather be kind we may keep the wheel in-situ until 8th November.
We have a lease agreement for a three year residency, operating from 1st April to 1st October (or 8th November as a maximum stay) each year.
The WOW has strict manufacturer’s guidelines within which it is allowed to operate. These include maximum wind speeds.
The WOW will stop operating should the foreshore experience constant wind speeds of 33mph (Beaufort Scale 7).
By way of comparison wind speeds in excess of 47mph (Beaufort Scale 9) require Worthing Pier to close to the public.
In practise we halt operation at considerably lower wind speeds than the manufacturer’s guidelines.
At all times the Council’s Foreshore Inspector has the authority to ask for the WOW to stop operating.
Rain does not affect the operation of the wheel, but may restrict visibility.