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i-360 West Pier, Brighton

December 3rd, 2008 by The Claremont

Work is shortly to start on two exciting new projects in the city. The first is a stunningly designed tower that will sit at the shore end of what was once the West Pier. The “i – 360” has been designed by the architects of the London Eye – Marks Barfield – and will be a welcome modern addition to the regency Seafront. Some facts….

  • It is 183 metres above sea level – taller than Blackpool Tower, the Spinnaker Tower and the London Eye
  • The i-360 will take two years to design and build, including one year on site
  • It will cost between £15-20 million to build
  • It will have a peak capacity of 4,000 people a day
  • A ticket will cost approximately £8
  • It should be possible to see 25 miles on a clear day
  • The pod weighs about 60 tonnes and is made out of glass and steel

It’s been designed to be low energy use and energy efficient – 20 per cent of the energy required to drive it will come from wind-turbines at its top.

The second project is of course the much delayed Falmer Stadium – the new home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football club (The Seagulls). The Buckingham Group is now in the process of taking possession of the stadium site at Falmer, and preparing it for the official “kick-off” on Wednesday 17th December. Designed by the KSS Group, the stadium will nestle into the landscape, with a curved translucent roof supported by two tubular butterfly arches evoking the surrounding gently rolling hills. The topography of the site allows the facades facing the natural landscape to be cut into the hillside, thereby reducing the visible bulk of the stadium, and the dramatic form is expressed as a gateway to the City of Brighton and Hove.

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