Technical problems at the British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton will take longer to repair than originally thought after it broke down on Friday (24 February) – the second significant disruption since its opening last year.
A damaged data ribbon, which is a robust cable-like structure carrying communications from one part of the structure to another, stopped the pod mid-air on Friday. A back-up data ribbon came into operation soon after, allowing the pod to start moving again. This led to the attraction closing over the weekend while the ribbon was replaced.
The Jacobs-engineered tower was expected to reopen on Monday (27 February) but British Airways i360 said it will now remain closed until the middle of the week.
“British Airways i360 will be closed on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February while work is carried out to replace a damaged data ribbon,” said a British Airways i360 spokeperson.
“Specialist parts will be arriving on site on Monday. Following a period of testing we hope to re-open on Wednesday 1 March but will confirm this early next week.”
It is the second incident following a series of closures in September last year, due to load imbalance and a loose sensor.
Brighton’s tallest tower opened in August last year and offers 360° views of Brighton and Hove at a height of 138m.