On Thursday September 10th 5 BHT clients visited the Brighton i360 site, where the world’s tallest moving observation tower is under construction.
Once completed, the tower will stand at 162 metres tall, which is 60 metres higher than Brighton’s tallest building, Sussex Heights. Advertised as a ‘vertical pier’, the i360 will have 120-mile views and will accommodate up to 200 people per ride.
During the tour the i360’s Public Liaison Officer spoke in detail about the material used and the building process. The structure is formed of 17 prefabricated ‘cans’ which were slotted in under one-another by lifting the shaft above using the ‘jacking tower’. The final can insertion required the jacking tower to raise 980 tonnes of steel. The steel cladding, which comes from Hartlepool, will wrap the vertical tower and will off-set wind, and consequently vibration. The tower, however, will still be liable to sway up to one metre. The glass pod is formed of 24 segments which are currently under construction in France. The Public Liaison Officer also spoke of the project’s energy efficiency; energy generated from the pod’s descent will account for around 50% of energy required for the next ascent.
As part of the £46million project, an original toll booth from the West Pier is being restored and a second replica is being produced to flank the tower; a nod to the area’s heritage.
The project is on schedule to open during Summer 2016.