Engineers hope visitors to London will be able to count walking on the roof of the 02 as one of the top attractions in the capital.
Contractors ISG, Base Structures and consultant Buro Happold have been working together to develop the ‘Up at the 02’ walkway, which is nearing completion.
It features a tensile cable and fabric walkway that will take climbers over the roof to a purpose built viewing platform for views of the city. Tickets for the experience went on sale today on The 02 music venue’s website.
A challenge that had to be overcome during the construction was how to get all the materials up to the top of the structure so a specially designed sledge was made.
The walkway was originally conceptualised by architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with engineer Buro Happold. The project is a partnership between 02 owner and operator AEG and the communications firm 02.
Happold principal consultant Glyn Trippick - who was involved in the original Dome and 02 Arena project - is confident the project will be as popular as it’s antipodean cousin. “It’s an experience and a challenge in the same way as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s not just for everyone because there’s a degree of difficulty in walking it,” he said.
“The roof walk is a combination of architecture, engineering and extreme visitor experience, and represents the only installation of its kind anywhere in the world,” said Buro Happold director for structures Matthew Birchall.
The bridge was both inspired by the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb - that tourists flock to each year - and also by the words of deaf blind human rights campaigner Helen Keller who famously said ”Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.