Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city draws tourists and locals to its vibrant cultural, shopping and entertainment venues. One of the latest tourist attractions in the cosmopolitan Victorian capital is the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, which towers 40 storeys above the Docklands area of the city, and is the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere. The seven spokes represent the Federation star on the Australian flag.

Preservation of this impressive structure was paramount in the design specifications. A fast drying polysiloxane coating protects the steel structure of the Melbourne Star and the high-gloss white colour of the covering is the perfect reflective ‘screen’ for the Wheel’s night time lightshow.

The Melbourne Star is constructed from approximately 1,200 tonnes of steel with the components fabricated by Alfasi Steel Construction in Melbourne and Haywards Steel Fabrication & Construction in Tasmania, and then transported to site for assembly.


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