The AJ can reveal these new photographs of Marks Barfield’s much-anticipated i360 tower which is currently being built on Brighton seafront
This week work completed on the glass viewing pod for the £40 million steel structure, making way for the next phase of the 162m-tall tower’s construction to begin.
The glass pod can hold 200 people and is ten times bigger than the capsules on the London Eye, which Marks Barfield also designed.
At 4.7 metres high and 18 metres wide, the pod will gently glide up to 138 metres, offering a gradually unfolding view of Brighton and the English Channel.
Julia Barfield co-founder of Marks Barfield, said: ’This is an extremely important moment for us. The pod is completed and it looks stunning. The fluid form of the glass sits beautifully in its beachfront setting and the mirrored underside will cast reflections of the naturally shifting shapes of the sea and sky.’
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.
When completed this summer, the i360 will become the world’s tallest moving observation attraction.