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Work on Marks Barfield's Brighton 'needle' could finally start this year

Marks Barfield hopes its 175 m high viewing tower scheme in Brighton will start on site this year (2012).

The capital-based practice, which designed the London Eye, believes the ambitious £35million Brighton i360 project will gather pace this autumn.

A major breakthrough came in July when Brighton and Hove City Council voted to kickstart the seafront scheme, which won planning permission back in 2006, with a £14.8 million loan.

Managing director David Marks told AJ: ‘The next step will be financial close, which we hope will be achieved after the summer holidays.

‘Design work is complete and construction should start on site before the end of this year.

‘We will be heavily involved in delivery. We are only an hour by train from Brighton so will be sending people down regularly.’

The Brighton i360 will gently lift up to 200 passengers at a time in a circular, heated and air conditioned viewing pod.

Every evening it will become a Sky Bar where adults can enjoy a drink while taking in the city lights.


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