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Groundbreaking in many ways

Yesterday marked an exciting milestone in the i360 journey: the official groundbreaking.

Jason Kitcat and Penny Thompson of Brighton and Hove City Council joined our own David Marks, Julia Barfield and Eleanor Harris to sink the ceremonial spades. We are now officially entering construction phase. After eight years of dedication (and some), the i360 is on its way.

But there was more to celebrate. Yesterday also saw the opening of the newly refurbished arches. A unique collection of shops ranging from handmade children’s clothes, to photographs, to workshops, to artisan jewellery of the highest quality. The Council has done an excellent job, not only in refurbishing the arches to the highest standard but also in its choice of tenants. All of them are creative and independent businesses with an innovative twist. We’re delighted to have such neighbours.

So onward. Together we can work to regenerate our fabulous seafront, attracting a new audience to the area. The completed i360 will draw business to the arches, and vice versa, but in the meantime we will support the creative quarter by making the construction site an attraction in its own right and inviting the whole community into a voyage of discovery.

Our plans are bright and our plans are real. With the right mix of talent and great local people we can make this part of Brighton beach a cultural hub, a place where people come to get inspired, to learn as well has have fun. So let’s hear it for i360 construction and the new arches traders.

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