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In pictures: RSHP completes O2 skywalk

[First look] These are the first images from the top of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) 52 metre-high skywalk above the O2 arena in east London

Designed with engineers Buro Happold, the project features a tensile cable and fabric walkway that takes climbers over the venue’s iconic roof.

The wheelchair-accessible attraction begins on the south side of the 02 where ISG has constructed a glass stair case and lift connected to a 7.5 metre-high platform.

Visitors climb up a fabric walkway built by Base and designed by Buro Happold with bblur architecture which is suspended above the existing fabric structure.

The summit features a platform with 360˚ views across the capital. The journey concludes with a north face descent of the structure, formerly known as The Millennium Dome. 

RSHP’s Mike Davies, project director of the Millenium Experience, was one of the first visitors to tackle the clime and made light work of journey despite inclement weather.

He said: ‘It’s a unique experience which millions of people will take and enjoy as both a challenge and something truly special.’

The walkway was highly commended in the Sport and Play category of the New London Architecture Awards 2012.

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