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Plans for Spire to Top the Tower

Latest developments for British Airways i360 include plans for a spire to top the tower.

We’re pleased to announce we have now submitted plans for a spire to Brighton and Hove City Council for review.

The spire would add 11.45m to the height of the tower, taking it to 173.45m above sea level. This would make it the tallest observation tower outside London and the second-tallest observation structure in the UK after The Shard.

Tallest Observation Towers Outside London, Infographic | British Airways i360 | Brighton

By comparison with other observation towers, the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is 170m tall, Blackpool Tower is 158m, St John’s Beacon in Liverpool is 138m and Glasgow Tower is 127m. Within London, The Shard is 310m tall, the London Eye is 135m and the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower is 114m.

Technical Drawing of Proposed Spire for British Airways i360 | Brighton

With its proposed spire, the British Airways i360 tower will be within the 175m height originally approved by Brighton and Hove City Council in 2006.

David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye and British Airways i360, said:

“The proposed spire is an architectural feature on top of British Airways i360 to replace the original wind turbines which proved unfeasible to install. Spires on top of buildings look great and have many precedents going back over a thousand years or more, adding light design features to the skyline that can be seen from afar.”

Planning Application
The planning application also includes minor amendments to the original planning consent for British Airways i360 granted in 2006:

  • The addition of a children’s play zone inside the beach building, due to open in 2017.
  • A proposal for the eastern West Pier tollbooth to become a café which will be open to members of the public not just people taking flights in the pod. It will also be available to hire for events and weddings

Children's Play Zone | British Airways i360 | Brighton

Children’s Play Zone

Latterly, we have been consulting with families across Brighton & Hove on the theme of the children’s play zone. There is currently no similar facility in the area and the response has been extremely positive.

As a parent, I wanted to include an indoor children’s play zone to make British Airways i360 a year-round family destination.
– Chief Executive Eleanor Harris

According to our survey, ‘Under The Sea’ and ‘Pirates & Mermaids’ are firm favourites for the children’s play area theme. Don’t agree? Have your say in our online survey.

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