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Brighton O plagues Brighton Eye

Marks Barfield, architects of the proposed 150m-high i360 ‘Brighton Eye’ viewing platform, have failed in an initial attempt to block a 60m spoke-less Ferris wheel being built nextdoor

Planning officers recommended refusal for the proposed Brighton O after Marks Barfield, who designed the multiple award winning London Eye, and the West Pier Trust raised concerns over an 18m overlap between the sites.

However, Brighton and Hove councillors have instead deferred the Brighton O planning application while further discussions take place – leaving the door open for a possibility of two sky-high tourist attractions on neighbouring seafront sites.

The proposed 150m-high i360 Brighton Eye features a pod that can contain up to 100 people, which can rise silently from base to summit every 20 to 30 minutes.

The 60m-high Brighton O, designed by local architects Turner Associates, has 32 pods and has no spokes that could obstruct sea views.

The proposed ferris wheel is only expected to stand on the front temporarily.

Marks Barfield’s 199m-high London Eye was granted planning permission as a temporary structure but remains part of the London skyline 10 years after construction.

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