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Brighton Eye falls behind schedule

Technical issues have forced Marks Barfield Architects to delay the opening of its Brighton Eye project by nearly a year.

The London-based practice was meant to begin construction on the 180m-tall tourist attraction in July of this year, but due to certain creases having to be ironed out of the plans, work will not begin until the new year.

A spokeswoman from the scheme’s backers, West Pier Trust, said: ‘Construction is not running a year behind schedule, but the Eye will open later than first anticipated. We are sorting out a few technical problems, but it’s nothing dramatic.

‘Instead of the project opening in Summer 2009, it will now open in Spring 2010. If you remember, the London Eye ran two years behind.’

Officially called the i360, the huge spire will have an 18m-wide pod attached to it that will travel up and down the spire, giving visitors spectacular views across Brighton.

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