Marks Barfield Architects
British Airways i360 was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects who also created the London Eye. Marks Barfield is one of the UK’s leading medium-sized architectural firms with a reputation for innovative design. It has won more than 60 awards. The firm’s design portfolio includes the arts and culture, sports and leisure, education, housing, bridges and transport.
The steel tower was manufactured and erected by Hollandia. Hollandia was also British Airways i360’s Main Contractor and in charge of all the construction work. Hollandia is Holland’s largest steelwork supplier and built the London Eye’s steel structure. Hollandia has a reputation as a leader in structural steel projects and in the UK was responsible for the steel structures for the Gherkin and Wembley Stadium.
The ‘vertical cable car’ glass pod was designed and built by Poma. Poma is Europe’s leading cable car and ski lift manufacturer. Based in France with more than 70 years of experience. Poma were also responsible for constructing the 32 ‘capsules’ and drive system on the London Eye.
The structural engineers and project manager for British Airways i360 was Jacobs Engineering Inc, which was also the London Eye’s principal engineers. Based in Pasadena, California, Jacobs is one of the world’s leading professional firms in engineering and construction, employing more than 70,000 staff in 15 countries. The UK team working on British Airways i360 was led by Dr John Roberts and are based in Manchester.
J T Mackley
British Airways i360’s civil engineering contractors was Sussex-based Mackley. Founded in 1927, previous Brighton projects have included construction of the storm overflow sewer on Brighton Beach; reconstruction of the Brighton beach colonnades and carousel; coastal maintenance from Shoreham Harbour to Rottingdean; strengthening works for Brighton Pier; strengthening works for the West Pier prior to the fire.
Hemsley Orrell Partnership (HOP)
Hemsley Orrell Partnership (HOP) assistsed Jacobs as the local project managers and civil engineers. Based in Hove, HOP is a multi-disciplinary practice of consulting civil and structural engineers with a particular specialism in coastal projects. Brighton projects have included underwater repairs to Brighton Pier; the redevelopment, restoration and extension of the British Engineerium; and the design of AMEX Community Stadium.