Brighton i360 newsletter issue 3

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Focusing on design and construction There is enormous interest in the design, construction and engineering of the Brighton i360. Our Chairman, David Marks from Marks Barfield spoke at a recent business lunch hosted by the Argus. He was able to explain more about the project and why he chose Brighton, how he got planning permission, how realistic the projected visitor numbers are and why there was such confusion about the council’s loan to fund the project. By the end of his talk the room was buzzing with excitement about the Brighton i360 and the positive impact it will have on the city. You can read more about his talk on our blog. David’s wife, Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield, is also a director of the Brighton i360. September saw her address a group of women professionals in construction.

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Newsletter - Issue 3 - October 8th 2014 Welcome to the third project newsletter for the Brighton i360. We have had an incredibly busy month with Marks Barfield, Hollandia, Poma and Jacobs working hard to finalise the plans for the tower, pod and base building, and major excavation works taking place on the site in order to prepare for the next phase of the project: the foundations of the build.

Livening up the beach side hoardings

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Brighton University students interested in the engineering of the Brighton i360 Pinterest should make sure they are available to listen to our Chief Engineer, John Roberts You can also keep up to date on our progress on 8th October. He will be giving a talk by following us on social media. The i360 blog on the design and engineering of the i360 to a group of engineering students. John will continue working with the Engineering Department to develop a study programme around the i360 for final year projects.

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Those of you who have been keeping a keen eye on our progress will have noticed changes taking place both inside and outside the hoardings. With 11.5 million cars passing and six million people visiting the beach, we wanted to make sure that there was something interesting to look at. We commissioned local design company, Thomas and Trotman. to create some panels that would provide information about the i360 and give them a visual sense of what is to come. If you haven’t seen them yet, take a walk to the upper promenade on Kings Road – the image of the pod is exactly a third of the size of the actual design. Whilst you are there, take a look through the peep holes we’ve incorporated into the hoardings too. You look directly on to the construction site and can see all the

action. We’ve even got a set at child’s height – if anyone was ever interested in a collection of diggers, it’s the kids! Along with our information panels we wanted to inject a bit of Brighton’s vibrancy and creativity. On the 4th September we invited top graffiti artists; Aroe, Gary, Rebus and Radio to paint a section of the hoardings facing the beach. Aroe is known internationally for his visually complex projects and has had huge success with the Run DMC and James Brown murals in Kensington Street – a site that is now renowned as an international site for graffiti. Gary, Rebus and Radios are also recognised as leading artists and keen graffiti fans will recognise their style at many of the city sights. It was a beautiful sunny day and the crowds and media gathered to watch each artist design their own mural. While Aroe, Rebus and Radios focussed on a unique design surrounding their names, Gary created huge letters spelling out the word Bristelmstune – the name of Brighton listed in the Domesday Book. It was a nice way to link the old to the new, a theme that sits perfectly with the Brighton i360. The guys worked late into the evening and it was amazing to see the completed work when we arrived the next morning.

If you missed our graffiti event, check out ourlblog to see pictures of Aroe and his team at work. Aroe returns later this autumn with a team of artists recruited from across Europe to finish a second stretch of the hoardings. Make sure you sign up to our twitter feed and Facebook page as we will be announcing the dates as soon as we have them confirmed.

We are now based on site! When you are involved in a project the scale of the i360, it is crucial that you know exactly what is going on and how it will be of interest to, or affect the local and wider community. The best way for us to do this is from the site itself, so our small team has moved into the Mackley porta cabins based on the Brighton beach site. Up until now Mackley, our contractor, provided a liaison for the public. We have now recruited our own Public Liaison Officer who is based at the site each morning. Ruth Chapman will be working closely with the contractors and stakeholders. You can reach

Ruth via email at: or by phone on: 07804 633080.

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