We reached a milestone yesterday as the British Airways i360 observation pod ascended to its maximum height of 138m for the first time, as testing and commissioning continue towards the attraction’s opening this summer.
Technicians could be seen on the crow’s nests, temporarily installed on the top of the pod, carrying out checks on the cladding and the busbar trunking behind it, which enables electrical current to be distributed up the tower and into the pod. Further tests were being carried out inside the pod, at the top of the tower, on the counterweight inside the tower, in the control room and in the machine room.
Pod test movements began earlier in June and this week progressed to 30m, before the pod reached its full height on the 162m tower.
British Airways i360 will be the world’s tallest moving observation tower when it opens on Brighton beach this summer, offering 360-degree views of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel.