British Airways i360 has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the most slender tower in the world, with a height to width aspect ratio of 41.15 to 1.
British Airways i360 tower is 160.469 metres above ground, whilst its diameter is a slim 3.9 metres. Guinness World Record officiators confirmed this week that British Airways i360 is a world record breaker.
John Roberts, chief engineer and director at British Airways i360, said “We have used groundbreaking engineering with this tower construction. Its height:width aspect ratio is considerably more than other tall buildings such as The Shard’s ratio of 6 to 1 or BT Tower’s of 8 to1.”
David Marks and Julia Barfield, originators and founding shareholders of British Airways i360, said “We are absolutely delighted to have been working again with the same team that created the London Eye. British Airways i360 builds on the design, engineering, technology and innovation that made the London Eye a worldwide success, and takes it to new heights.”
“This attraction is a world first in so many amazing ways, so we are delighted to have received this international recognition even before we open to the public this summer,” said Eleanor Harris, CEO of British Airways i360.
Guinness World Records, originated in 1955, is considered the global authority on record breaking. Guinness World Record’s world record application rules are very specific and must be adhered to in order to substantiate a world record title. British Airways i360 submitted technical data and specific measurements, including a measurement of the tower above the ground at 160.469 metres (the tower’s measurement above sea level including underground sections is 162 metres).
Eminent structural engineers, Professor Tim Ibell; Professor of Structural Engineering at University of Bath and President of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2015; and Dr Pierfrancesco Cacciola; Principal Lecturer in Structural Engineering at University of Brighton; verified the application for the world record.
The Guinness World Record certificate will be available to view at British Airways i360 when it opens this summer.
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About British Airways i360
At 162 metres high, and with an observation pod rising to 450 feet, British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower and the world’s first vertical cable car, offering a new perspective on the fun loving seaside city of Brighton. Sited at the root end of the historic West Pier on Brighton’s seafront, British Airways i360 has a slender, elegant design, with a futuristic pod allowing 200 visitors at a time to enjoy the surrounding view as it slowly unfolds. The visitor centre incorporates a 400 seat restaurant; a gift shop; children’s play zone; exhibition space; tea rooms; and conference and event facilities. British Airways i360 is conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.
About British Airways
British Airways is one of the world’s leading global premium airlines and the UK’s largest international scheduled airline, carrying approximately 35 million passengers worldwide annually, on around 800 daily flights. The airline employs around 40,000 people, the vast majority of these at its sites throughout the UK, and has an annual turnover of £8.5 billion.
It employs 2,500 people in Sussex, several hundred of them in Brighton.