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2015 – a year in blogs

It has been an epic year for British Airways i360. Can you believe that last Christmas we were deep in the ground, hand-excavating live electricity cables and planning our big break into the Victorian sewer running under our site? This year we are 162m into the sky and building the futuristic glass pod that will offer incredible views over the city, coast and the South Downs.

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Building the pod

With the pod floor sectors (a sector is a pie-shaped part of a circle) now installed on the chassis at the base of the tower, we have reached a really exciting part of the build: installing the 24 delicate superstructure sectors that give the pod its recognisable form.

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Welcome on board British Airways i360

As one of this country’s most iconic and respected travel brands, this deal offers great benefits to not only British Airways i360 in Brighton, but also the region.

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Art inspired by the British Airways i360: Patrick Turner Lee

Patrick Turner-Lee shared a striking oil painting of the Brighton i360 on Twitter recently. We wanted to know more and he kindly agreed to talk to us about his art and the fascinating journey he has taken to becoming an artist.

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British Airways i360 beach platform used to shore up the city’s beaches

With the Brighton i360 tower at full height and the cranes now gone, the team at Mackley have been working hard…

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Introducing the British Airways i360 to the World

The Brighton i360 team were kept busy establishing new connections as well as building on existing relationships at the World Travel Market last week

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British Airways i360 drone Images

Beautiful drone images, taken one fine Autumn morning, reveal the full splendour of the Brighton i360 observation tower.

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Revealing the i360: construction milestones & celebrity visits

There’s been excitement in the air at the Brighton i360 as we reach major construction milestones. Plus a special visit to the site by a well known local…

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Brighton i360 unveils lifesaving defibrillator donated by local organisations

Sussex Heart Foundation and Hove Business Association have donated a defibrillator to the Brighton i360 to help to save lives…

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Revealing the i360 stilt walker at the Costume Games

We’ll be revealing our Brighton i360 stilt walker at the Costume Games. She’ll be displaying her magnificent costume designed by fashion designer Jess Eaton

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Rebuilding the West Pier Arches

The West Pier Arches are currently being rebuilt and will form the back of house area for the i360 beach building.

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A preview of the i360 passenger pod under construction

Brighton i360 delegates and Marks Barfield Architects visit the Brighton i360 passenger pod under construction in France.

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Brighton i360 tower reaches full height

On Sunday 23rd August 2015, the Brighton i360 tower reached it’s full height of 162 metres. It’s an the amazing feat of engineering.

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Drawing A Unique Perspective on the Brighton i360

Lisa Holdcroft, who normally draws local houses or landmarks, decided early on that the seafront build was worth recording and has been uploading images to her website, www.lisaholdcroft.com, each time something significant happens on construction site.

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It’s official: Brighton i360 tower is already the tallest structure in Sussex

The Brighton i360 tower is now officially the tallest structure in Sussex. Having reached 120 metres high the seafront attraction is…

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Latest jacking lift captured by i360 photographer – inside and out of the tower

The second of the i360’s planned nine jacking lifts took place this week taking the tower to 82 metres in…

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Decision to remove wind turbine explained: i360 will now save more energy

  Brighton i360 unanimously was granted planning permission on 16 September 2016 by Brighton & Hove City Council to remove…

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BBC South East films inside the jacking tower

With the first jacking session approaching, interest in the i360 shows no sign of ending. Earlier this week a film…

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Films documenting the construction now available online

The i360 is one of the biggest engineering projects to happen in the UK in recent years and the team…

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Jacking tower ready for first lift

The jacking tower is scheduled to make its first lift this week – with the engineering team hoping to insert…

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Leading businesses announced as commercial partners

Brighton i360 is partnering with two high-profile South East professional services firms in a commercial partnership aimed at building business…

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The jacking tower explained

With all 17 sections of the i360 now safe and sound on the seafront attention turns to the construction of…

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Half price tickets confirmed for locals

Brighton and Hove residents will be able to visit the Brighton i360 for half the price tourists will pay. Earlier…

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First two cans are in place

The i360 began to emerge from the ground this week as the first two sections of tower were fitted into…

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The first part of the tower has arrived

The first section of the i360 tower has arrived safely and is now on Brighton seafront. Crowds gathered throughout the…

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The cans are coming

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 11) is the day we have all been waiting for – the arrival of the first batch…

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i360 events space open for bookings

The i360 will be a fantastic tourist destination but it will also boast superb conference and events facilities – and…

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Story behind the i360 promo video

The Brighton i360 has been working with local business The Ideas Factory on a promotional video – and the result…

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Brighton i360 team visit Hollandia factory

A delegation from the Brighton i360 recently visited the workshop in Holland where the cans which will make up the…

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West Pier toll booths will return

A much-loved piece of Brighton’s historic West Pier, a pair of toll booths designed by Eugenius Birch which originally stood…

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Inspiring the next generation

The Brighton i360 will not only be a brilliant place to visit, it will also inspire a future generation of…

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Preparing the basement and beach

This summer, Brighton and Hove is going to change. On 11 June, 17 huge pieces of rolled steel, the i360 tower…

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Ten things to do in Sussex

[metaslider id=9606] 1. Enjoy a fun family day out at the award-winning Drusillas in Alfriston and say hello to the…

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A look at the i360’s progress

Many of you will have seen David Marks, the architect behind the i360, on BBC South East recently. David travelled…

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Ten things to do in Brighton

[metaslider id=9585] 1. Stroll along the beach and watch the sun go down at the West Pier – the most…

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An interview with the i360’s architects

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the London Eye – designed by the team behind the Brighton i360 and…

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Let the piling commence!

For the next month you may spot a rather large piece of machinery on site. With the sewer works behind…

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Sewer diversion is signed off

It is the end of a chapter on the i360 site. For months we have been working on the sewer…

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Rebuilding the arches at the i360

We have applied for listed building consent to rebuild the arches at the rear of our future visitor centre building.

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Innovative engineering diverts Victorian Sewer

We’re in! After months of preparing to break in to the Victorian sewer, the team stayed on-site all Thursday night…

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More than just a view

Last week we looked at why observation towers have become so popular around the world; an exhilarating and fascinating change in…

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Moving onwards and upwards

2014 was all about moving from concept to reality for the i360 as we reached financial close and began digging down. 2015,…

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