BRIGHTON, UK—Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is providing design, engineering and project management services for the Brighton i360, a unique visitor attraction now being built on the Brighton seafront in the United Kingdom.
Jacobs, based in Pasadena, CA, was part of the team that designed and built the London Eye, Europe’s tallest observation wheel and still the UK’s most popular paid-for visitor attraction 14 years after opening on the banks of the River Thames.
Now that same team of architects, engineers and contractors is reunited to create the Brighton i360, a 540-foot-tall tower with a moving passenger pod that travels up the tower to a height of more than 450 feet, providing 360 degree views.
Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is providing engineering design, project management, construction design management (CDM) coordination, and inspection body services.
In making the announcement, Jacobs Group vice president Bob Duff stated, “We are very pleased to be back working with this creative and highly skilled team to deliver the Brighton i360. We look forward to leveraging our global engineering design and project management experience to deliver innovation and value on this project, which is expected to result in a truly unique and inspiring tourism experience in Brighton.”
Jacobs designed the engineering structure for the project; in effect, a vertical cable car on a large scale. The i360 passenger pod is 59 feet in diameter with a capacity of up to 200 people. The slender 540-foot-tall attraction is the first of its kind and once completed, the tallest visitor observation attraction in the UK outside of London.
Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services.