British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower, will open on Thursday 4 August, with tickets now on sale for the new attraction on Brighton seafront.
Visitors will be able to glide up to 450 feet in a fully enclosed glass viewing pod to admire the views across the south coast.
‘Flights’ are 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes after 6pm, when the pod transforms into the Nyetimber Sky Bar. Tickets cost from £13.50 for adults.
Management said it expected soon to announce a number of events to mark the launch.
Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, the attraction opens almost exactly two years to the day when the project team put the first spade in the ground to begin construction.
Architects David Marks and Julia Barfield said: “After two years of intense groundbreaking architectural and engineering work on Brighton beach, we are delighted to announce the forthcoming completion of British Airways i360 with tickets now on sale to the public for flights from 4 August.
“Built at the landward end of Brighton’s historic West Pier, British Airways i360 is a modern day vertical pier which invites visitors to ‘walk on air’ and gain a new perspective on the city, just as the West Pier invited Victorian society to ‘walk on water’.
“The glass viewing pod, 10 times the size of a London Eye capsule and capable of carrying up to 200 passengers, will slowly rise up a slender steel tower to a height of 450 feet to provide passengers with stunning views of Brighton and Hove and a beautiful panorama of the south coast and English Channel.”
Caption: Image courtesy of British Airways i36