Monday, 1 November 2021

When We Looked At The i360 Coastal Observation Tower In Brighton,

I had no idea that it was called the world’s first vertical cable car,

it is also the world’s thinnest observation tower, a structure only 3.9 meters in diameter, with a height-to-width ratio of over 40:1, we took these photographs on our last visit to Brighton,

it stands 162 meters tall, when founders David Marks and Julia Barfield came up with the idea for the i360 observational tower in Brighton, they struggled to secure the necessary funding. The project posed a series of technical challenges that most banks and investment funds didn’t want to deal with. Luckily, in 2013, they managed to obtain £36.2 million ($48.2 million) of the £42.2 million ($56.2 million) construction costs from the government’s public works loans board, a scheme only accessible for projects,

he complex task of building foundations on chalk bedrock for an incredibly thin structure, in a seaside town where winds can reach speeds of 130km/h was tough to overcome, but the team at Marks Barfield Architects somehow made it happen, and the i360 tower is now able to safely withstand winds blowing at a speed of 161 km/h. As the name suggests, the i360 observational tower offers a 360-degree view of Brighton and the coastline, the glass pod at the top measures 59 meters in diameter and can accommodate up to 200 passengers at a time, next time we go to Brighton we must pay the i360 a visit.

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