Brighton seafront has an unmissable new attraction which opened this week – a 162 metre tall observation tower with an enclosed, moving glass pod, called the British Airways i360.
The tower itself is just 4.6 metres wide and stands close to the site of what was once the entrance to the old West Pier, now a ruin.
The idea is that the tower projects straight up into the sky in a similar way to how the old pier used to project out into the sea from the same point.
Some locals have been opposed to the development, claiming the tower is a “monster”, while others have praised the “world-class, stunning architecture”.
The i360 was designed by the same team which designed the London Eye, and the glass pod that carries passengers up to a height of 137 metres shares a similar appearance to those of the London Eye, although it is around ten times larger.
The impressive view from the i360 pod is a full 360 degrees, hence the name, and on a clear day visitors will be able to see as far as Bexhill in East Sussex, Chichester in West Sussex and the South Downs to the north of Brighton.
A trip up the i360 costs £13.50 for adults and £7 for children, and lasts around 20 minutes. The viewing pod is 18 metres (59ft) wide with curved glass all around.
The architect of the i360, David Marks, said: “This is the culmination of a 12-year journey that started on a kitchen table and ends 138 metres above Brighton and Hove beach.
“We feel incredibly happy and proud on behalf of the hundreds, if not thousands, of people that worked to bring the project to reality.”
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