Britain's first urban cable car, the Emirates Air Line, which opened in June 2012 was designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, a practice founded by Westminster graduate and Stirling Prize-winning architect Chris Wilkinson.

The cable car has the capacity to carry up to 2,500 people an hour in each direction across the Thames. The 34 cabins rise 90 metres over the Thames between spiralling pylons, carrying people from the Greenwich peninsula close to the O2 arena on the south side of the river to the Royal docks close to the Excel exhibition centre on the north bank. 

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Chris Wilkinson studied architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic which later became the University of Westminster.  After working with leading architects including Lord Foster, Sir Michael Hopkins and Lord Rogers, he set up his own practice in 1983. His designs include Gateshead Millenium Bridge, the Guangzhou International Finance Centre and Magna Science Adventure Centre.

SKM/Wilkinson Eyre/KSS design team was also appointed to design the Basketball Arena for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Chris has also co-curated the Architecture Room at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012.

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