The glass viewing pod for British Airways i360was completed on Brighton beach 13 January, making way for the last phase of construction before the world’s tallest moving observation attraction opens this summer.
The construction team attached the final segment to the 162-metre tower earlier this afternoon, forming a futuristic glass viewing pod which is 10 times bigger than the capsules on the London Eye and can hold up to 200 people.
David Marks of design company Marks Barfield Architects, said: “It is incredibly exciting to see the pod finally take shape on the tower. The team from Poma have done a remarkable job, both in terms of the craftsmanship of the handmade pod as well their skillful and swift assembly.”
Eleanor Harris, CEO of British Airways i360 said: “It is a thrilling way to start the year. We are well on schedule and look forward to starting to test the pod movement in the spring and British Airways i360 opening this summer.”
At 4.7m high and 18m wide, the pod will gently glide up to 138m, offering a gradually unfolding view of Brighton & Hove, the English Channel and 26 miles of Sussex coastal landscape.
Made from 24 segments of handmade glass from Italy, the pod weighs 106 tonnes with 200 people on board.
The glass is double glazed and is four panes thick.
Among its other features, the British Airways i360 pod will be heated and air-conditioned, is fully accessible for wheelchair users, has bench seating for passengers and will also house the Sky Bar.
Test flights for the pod will begin in spring.