British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower, will open on Thursday 4th August, and tickets are now on sale for the new attraction on Brighton seafront. Visitors will be able to glide up to 140m in a fully enclosed futuristic glass viewing pod to admire the unfolding views across Brighton and the south coast.
Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, the record-breaking attraction opens almost exactly two years to the day when the project team put the first spade in the ground to begin construction.
“Built at the landward end of Brighton’s historic West Pier, i360 is a modern day vertical pier which invites visitors to ‘walk on air’ and gain a new perspective on the city, just as the West Pier invited Victorian society to ‘walk on water’,” said David Marks and Julia Barfield.
The glass viewing pod, ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and capable of carrying up to 200 passengers, will slowly rise up a slender steel tower to a height of 450 feet to provide passengers with stunning views of Brighton and Hove and a beautiful panorama of the south coast and English Channel.
‘Flights’ are 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes after 6.00pm, when the pod transforms into the Nyetimber Sky Bar serving the finest drinks from the region. Tickets cost from £13.50 for adults and from £6.75 for children, with under 4s free. Tickets can be booked at BritishAirwaysi360.com
all images courtesy of British Airways i360