The futuristic-looking 531ft-high seafront viewing tower reopened to the public on Wednesday after being beset by recent technical problems.
The announcement came after 200 people were trapped at ground level for more than an hour on Sunday September 11, following problems with a sensor on the British Airways i360 in Brighton, East Sussex.
Safety features activated
Chairman David Marks said the brakes were activated after one of the sensors around the pod docking stations became loose and gave a false reading to the control system
A previous problem left 180 passengers stuck in mid-air for about two hours last Thursday inside the i360’s giant, curved-glass pod, dubbed a “vertical pier in the sky”, because of a load imbalance.
Mr Marks explained that the load and balance system settings were too low, leading to the system being “over-sensitive”.
When the pod was near full capacity, the default safety mode was triggered and the brakes applied, he said.
Technicians checked load levels and tested the settings on Tuesday evening to ensure the pod was operating to the correct weight and balance levels.
Mr Marks has apologised for the problems, and said, “We have a highly qualified engineering team on site during all operating hours and we are confident that these same issues will not happen again.”
The structure opened on August 4 and is the world’s tallest moving observation tower, standing where the wrecked Grade I-listed West Pier, built in 1866, joined the seafront promenade.
Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye, the i360’s toughened-glass pod can glide slowly from street level to 450ft.
From the top, visitors are given a 360-degree view of up to 26 miles of the south coast, from Bexhill in East Sussex to Chichester in West Sussex.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: September 18, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown