The height of ambition
A new observation tower in the UK
British Airways i360 opened in August and it’s being described as the tallest moving observation tower in the world. (The “i” stands for intelligence, innovation and integrity, but the shape of the structure has encouraged locals to give it all kinds of nicknames.) Located on Brighton’s seafront near the West Pier, the tower’s fully-enclosed glass viewing pod reaches a height of 137 metres — the CN Tower’s observation pod sits a mere metre lower — and boasts 42-kilometre views. The climb takes 20 to 30 minutes. Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, the glass pod is 10 times the size of a London Eye capsule and capable of carrying up to 200 passengers. The pod becomes the Nyetimber Sky Bar after 6pm. Online bookings made at least three days in advance: adults £13.50; students £11.25; kids 4 to 15 £6.75. britishairwaysi360.com.
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