Intu Properties has applied to Trafford Council to erect a big wheel reaching to a height of 35m, or 115ft, in the car park of the Trafford Centre as part of its Christmas entertainment plans.
It would be the first time the Trafford Centre has hosted a big wheel. The wheel reserved pending planning approval is the same model as used in Piccadilly Gardens several years ago, and slightly smaller than that outside the Corn Exchange more recently, which is less transportable and unsuited to shorter stays.
Manchester-based De Koning Leisure owns and will operate the wheel, built last year in the Netherlands by Reuzenrad Bouw Lamberink, on a shared turnover rent with Intu.
The enclosed-carriages wheel will occupy around 5,000 sq ft of the car park and have a capacity of 144 passengers.
Intu was advised by Leach Rhodes Walker, Aaron & Partners, Geotechnics and Mott Macdonald.
Pending planning the wheel is due to operate between 11am and 10pm from 1 October to 31 December.