The vertical cable car
The energy usage of the ‘vertical cable car’ is very low for a project of its size: less than 1 kilowatt-hour per visitor. This is roughly equivalent to a passenger sitting on a bus for a 1.5 mile journey. As a whole, the pod uses a similar amount of electricity to a medium sized restaurant.
One of the most exciting aspects of British Airways i360 is that we create energy to power the vertical cable car at our site. As the pod descends, it generates energy. We capture this and are able to generate enough energy for 50% of the energy required to power its ascent.
A range of innovative design techniques have been used during construction, including using natural ventilation to cool the building. Consumption of fresh water is minimised by using low flow wash basins and water-efficient dishwashing equipment while the viewing pod itself has thermal insulation, double glazing and mechanical ventilation to minimise energy usage.
Electricity is the only energy source used in operating British Airways i360, and it comes entirely from renewable energy sources.
We use low energy lighting throughout the attraction and A+ rated appliances in our kitchen.
Our restaurants serve fresh locally, sourced food that has been caught, reared and grown in Sussex. We have installed a food composter for our food waste that turns waste into water!
Packaging of merchandise is biodegradable when possible and kept to a minimum, and we encourage suppliers to deliver goods in reusable containers. We have recycling waste bins throughout our site for use by our customers and our staff.
During our construction we have sent as little material as possible to land fill. For example, the crane mat was constructed from shingle excavated from our basement. Our crane ‘cleans’ the air – so much so that studies have shown that in large cities the air emitted from the exhaust is cleaner than the air it sucks in!
Visitors have many sustainable transport options to reach us: by bike, train, coach or bus. We installed lots of cycle parking for our visitors at the upper esplanade next to the national cycle highway.
Our team are encouraged to cycle, walk or take public transport to work. We have no company cars or parking permits. We provided dedicated cycle storage, showers and changing facilities.
We will become a member of Green Tourism Business Scheme and promote environmental awareness and sustainability – training staff to reduce waste and conserve energy and resources.
We will also be applying for ISO 20121 standard to manage sustainable events at British Airways i360.
Open up the landscape of Sussex
From our glass viewing pod you can enjoy amazing views of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, South Downs National Park and Sussex coastline in all its glory.