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The Pod Arrives!

The first of the pod sections were delivered earlier this month and the assembly began. Thanks to Brighton i360 for the photo


The pod started to arrive on site in sections on 9th October. The autumn winds have created some delay but Poma has managed to make good progress with the assembly. This milestone was captured in a local BBC news item which you can view here. Watching the gradual assembly of the pod will be another very exciting part of the build with assembly happening at road level. Meanwhile the base building is progressing well too - it will house the restaurant, shop, exhibition area, children's play area and other flexible spaces. If you can't be on Brighton seafront to watch developments as they unfold, the webcam  vividly records all the action.  Brighton i360's website  is full of information about the project and includes a regularly updated blog with all the latest news on the build and upcoming events.

Below is another of the wonderful drone photos taken by Sam Moore at Visual Air. Here you can see the fragile beauty of the Pavilion ruin from the southern end.  You can see more recent of his images here

Trust AGM 

The AGM was held on 12th November at the Hilton Metropole. After the formal business, Brighton i360 public liaison officer Ruth Chapman gave a full update on construction progress with special emphasis on the pod. She was supported by Loren Butt, longstanding Trust member and designer of the air conditioning system for the London Eye and i360. If you would like to be included in this and other member only events, joining the Trust takes moments and still only costs £10 a year - the membership form can be found here


Pierdom - Simon Robert's photographs of Britain's piers

This stunning exhibition at Brighton Museum opened last month and runs until 21st February. The character of all Britain's piers is brilliantly captured by Simon Robert's wonderful images taken in all weather conditions with the West Pier given special attention. We highly recommend a visit and further  information is available on the Museum's website - read more





Hove Plinth Wins Award

Hove Civic Society started campaigning for a plinth in 2012. Its aim was to reintroduce public sculpture to Hove inspired by the success of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. The campaign is very close to realisation and earlier this month Hove Plinth received the Argus Star Award for Contribution to Arts and Culture at an award ceremony at the Theatre Royal, for capturing the imagination of people in Brighton and Hove with its sculpture competition.

The Society has produced an excellent four minute video explaining the project which can be seen here and its website contains further information. Below are the three selected sculptures

Constellation by Jonathan Wright

Flight of the Langoustine by Pierre Diamantopoulo

Escape by Matthew Davies 


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