Brighton i360: Work begins on world’s first vertical cable car
Brighton, the South coast town of Great Britain is all set to come up with a new tower which will become the highest observation deck in the UK, outside of London once completed. Christened Brighton i360, it will be go in to the history books as world’s first vertical cable car. The 18 meter wide pod is designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the same company that is responsible for the construction of London Eye. Brighton’s i360 tower will take visitors 138 meters above sea level in a glass viewing pod that offers them 360-degree view of Brighton and its coastline.
Standing taller than the London Eye at 162 meters, the Brighton i360 pod will be able to carry 200 people offering them amazing views of the surroundings while on a 10-minute ride to the top of the tower. Expected to open by the summer of 2016, the world’s first vertical cable car will be attracting 800,000 visitors a year thus becoming a major source of revenue for Brighton. A beachside visitor center is also in the plans which will be offering beachside café seating for up to 400 people along with an exhibition space at the foot of the tower. Eight years in development, the Brighton i360 project will be costing around £46.2 million.