Barges have delivered materials to Brighton for construction of the city’s i360 vertical cable car and observation tower in the city.
The vessels transported steel cans from the Netherlands to Brighton beach for use in the 162m-high tower.
A 100m-tall crane unloaded the 17 specially fitted out cans, each between 6m and 12m high, directly onto the beach. The cans will stack to form the tower’s main structure A giant jacking tower will be used to join them together to build the tower.
About 7,000t of gravel, shingle and chalk had to be moved to create a platform for the delivery, and a 4,000t concrete foundation was built for the tower.
The tower will be completed this summer and the attraction will open in summer 2016. It will incorporate a 400 seat restaurant; a shop; a children’s play zone; exhibition space; tea rooms; and conference and event facilities.
Brighton i360 director Julia Barfield – also co-managing director of project designers Marks Barfield Architects – said: “Ten years ago, we set out on a journey to bring the i360 to Brighton. After all the preparation and planning, it is fantastic to see it all coming together.”