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The Gallery | Brighton observation tower to open

One of the UK’s tallest observation towers, the British Airways i360 in Brighton, will open on 4 August.

Consulting engineer Jacobs and architect Marks Barfield – who also designed the London Eye – designed the new landmark which is situated on the landward end of Brighton’s historic West Pier.

The 165m high tower has been described as a “vertical pier” and features a moving passenger pod that travels up the tower and provides 360° views.

Barges transported the tower’s structure in sections called “cans” from the Netherlands to Brighton beach in June last year.

Marks Barfield founders David Marks and Julia Barfield said: “Built at the landward end of Brighton’s historic West Pier, British Airways 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’.

“The glass viewing pod, 10 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 137m to provide passengers with stunning views of Brighton and Hove and a beautiful panorama of the south coast and English Channel.”

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