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What the Millennium Link means

British Waterways, when putting the plan for the restoration of the Scottish Lowland Canals together, didn't just want to re-instate the canals as an isolated exercise, they felt that there was many facets to this project that would yield many benefits.

Although I've never seen it written down in this form, I think their aims could be summarised as follows:

Engineering
The Crane

An engineering achievement, not just the wheel itself, but the ingenuity of all parts of the new network.

Elegance
The Wheel

The Wheel and Visitors Center have a functionality and style that adds value beyond their worth.

Enterprise
The Visitor Centre

The project represents a catalyst for business opportunities and urban regeneration.

Environment
The Swan

Opportunities to share, use, and enjoy our nature and heritage for leisure and recreation.

(this image by Richard McCulloch is also available un-cropped)