After much researching, measuring and verifying, Guinness World Records officiators confirmed this week that British Airways i360 is now a world record breaker.
The Technical Details – World’s Most Slender Tower
Specifically, British Airways i360 tower is 160.469 metres above ground, whilst its diameter is an incredibly slim 3.9 metres, giving the tower a height to width aspect ratio of 41.15 to 1.
John Roberts, our chief engineer and director at British Airways i360 explains:
We have used groundbreaking engineering with this tower construction. Its height:width aspect ratio is considerably more than other tall buildings such as The Shard’s ratio of 6 to 1 or BT Tower’s of 8 to1.
The Verification Process
Guinness World Records title application rules are very specific and must be strictly adhered to. As well as submitting technical data and specific measurements we had to have the world record application verified.
We would like to extend our thanks to eminent structural engineers, Professor Tim Ibell (Professor of Structural Engineering at University of Bath and President of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2015) and Dr Pierfrancesco Cacciola (Principal Lecturer in Structural Engineering at University of Brighton) who verified the application for the world record.
Opening This Summer
British Airways i360 in Brighton is a world first in so many ways . It’s a great achievement for us and for Brighton, to have received this recognition as the world’s most slender tower, before British Airways i360 has even opened.
The Guinness World Records title certificate for the most slender tower in world, will be proudly on display when we open this summer.