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Progress shots of Marks Barfield's Brighton i360 Tower released

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Marks Barfield Architects has released new photographs showing the latest work on its i360 Tower, which is now two thirds built

When completed next summer, the £40 million steel structure in Brighton will stand 162m tall - higher than the London Eye, which Marks Barfield also designed.

Following a successful trial assembly of the passenger pod at the POMA Sigma factory in France, the glazed ‘lift’ will be dismantled and transported to Brighton in 30 lorries at the end of next month.

The doughnut-shaped capsule will be reassembled directly on to the pod chassis already on the tower, which is now complete. 

Meanwhile work has also finished on the concrete frame for the base building, with cladding, services and roofing expected to be added ‘imminently’.  

Two Victorian tollbooths will be rebuilt on the roof terrace of this single-storey base. 

Construction of the i360 Tower started in 2014 after Brighton and Hove City Council provided £36.2 million in the form of loans, with the local enterprise partnership Coast to Capital giving another £4 million.

Husband and wife team David Marks and Julia Barfield are investing £6 million of their own money into the i360 project.

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Marks Barfield Architects’ i360 Tower arrives by sea

Construction of Marks Barfield Architects’ i360 Tower has taken a major step forward with the delivery of the first tower cans by barge.

Earlier this month six tower cans and the jacking tower for i360 tower arrived in Brighton from Holland. In this timelapse footage we see the tower cans arriving on the beach before being transported to the tower site.

When completed the £40million tower will stand 175m tall and will be higher than the London Eye - also designed by Marks Barfield. Visitors will have views for 25 miles along the coastline to Bognor Regis in the west, and to Eastbourne in the east.

Visitors will be ascend the tower in an aerodynamically shaped pod which would take 20 minutes to rise gradually to a height of 138 metres before descending using a ‘vertical cable car’ mechanism.

Construction of the i360 Tower started in 2014 after Brighton and Hove City Council provided £36.2million in the form of loans with the Local Enterprise Partnership Coast to Capital giving another £4million to the project.

Husband and wife team David Marks and Julia Barfield are investing £6million of their own money into the i360 project.

Watch drone footage of the cans arriving here.

Dutch contractor Hollandia, France’s Poma and Jacobs Engineering Group are working with local civil contractor JT Mackley and structural engineers Hemsley Orrell Partnership (HOP) to construct the tower.

The tower is located in the same site as Brighton’s former West Pier, which was largely destroyed by fire in 2003 and has subsequently fallen into the sea.

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