British Airways i360

  • © Visual Air
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Paul Raftery
  • © Visual Air
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Kevin |Meredith
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Paul Raftery
  • © Paul Raftery
  • © Paul Raftery
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Paul Raftery
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Kevin Mereith
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Kevin Meredith
  • © Kevin Meredith

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

South East

Local Authority Area

Brighton & Hove

Information about this scheme

British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower: a 162-metre-tall vertical tower with a fully enclosed futuristic glass observation pod that lifts 200 passengers to a height of 138 metres, offering slowly unfolding panoramic.Located at the landward end of the Grade I listed West Pier on Brighton beach, this modern-day ‘vertical pier’, invites visitors to ‘walk on air’ and gain a new perspective on the city. Its purpose is simply to delight, entertain and inspire whilst acting as a catalyst for regeneration. The attraction is radically different in terms of design, engineering and viewing experience to other viewing towers around the world. Drawing from cable car technology, the design team have created the world’s first vertical cable car to offer an unrivalled viewing experience.  Everything about the design is bespoke; pushing the boundaries of what is technically possible. A ‘one team, one tower’ project management regime was adopted to ensure the highest quality of design was realised on time and budget from all partners. British Airways i360 has spurred economic growth and urban renewal, and given the city a twenty-first century landmark with which to identify itself. Revenue from British Airways i360 has already allowed Brighton & Hove City Council to invest in restoration of the West Pier Arches which now house a range of independent businesses. Additional planned development in this area will create a distinctive destination for visitors and residents alike and will further increase footfall west along the seafront.

Credits

Architect

Marks Barfield Architects

Architect

Marks Barfield Architects

Client

Brighton i360 Ltd

Main Contractor

Hollandia Infra b.v

Structural Engineer

Jacobs UK

Project Manager

Jacobs UK and Helmsley Orrell Partnership

Environmental Consultant

Loren Butt Consultancies

Primary Use Class

Class D2 - Assembly and Leisure