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Brighton's i360 honoured for "the way the pod emerges from the bowels of the earth"

Brighton's i360 has won an architectural award for its innovation and originality.

Presenting the South East Award, the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) said there was "a sense of delight in the way the pod emerges from the bowels of the earth".

It's the latest award for the structure which was honoured with three South East RICS Awards - including 'Project of the Year' - earlier this month.

Strong winds close the i360 tower on Brighton beach

Strong winds have closed the i360. The moving observation tower - the tallest in the world - is on Brighton beach. Staff are closely monitoring the weather and say it is due to improve soon.

Brighton's i360 observation tower - the tallest moving one in the world Credit: ITV Meridian

Only last month, the attraction broke down as part of "teething problems" leaving passengers stuck in the viewing pod. Specialist engineers were called in to work on it.

The i360 opened in August and is expected to welcome around 70,000 visitors a year who can enjoy panoramic views of the Sussex coastline and South Downs national park. The pod climbs to 450 feet (138 metres).

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Brighton's i360 tower is open today

The i360 is open today Credit: ITV

The British Airways i360 tower, beset with technical problems, is open today.

Hundreds of passengers were trapped for hours when it broke down on Thursday and twice on Sunday

i360 closed for repairs after passengers get stuck again

"Shambolic" - the verdict of one customer caught up in the continuing problems on Brighton's i360 observation tower.

The attraction broke down twice yesterday, leaving passengers stuck in the viewing pod.

Today, some came back to try again, only to be told the i360 was closed while specialist engineers worked on it.

Malcolm Shaw has been following the latest developments.

Brighton i360 welcomes 100,000th visitor

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The British Airways attraction opened thee weeks ago and welcomed its 100,000th visitor on the Bank Holiday Weekend.

It's the world's tallest moving observation tower at 162 metres. It cost £46 million and can carry up to 200 passengers.

The world’s first vertical cable car was designed by London Eye architects Marks Barfield Architects.

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"We are delighted that British Airways i360 is already proving to be so popular and is attracting visitors from far and wide as well as helping to build Brighton & Hove’s fame across the world.”

– Cllr Gill Mitchell, deputy leader of Brighton & Hove City Council

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British Airways i360 welcomes first fee-paying passengers

It's taken twelve years to plan, and two years to build.

And today was the day the public got their first chance to ride on the British Airways i360 in Brighton.

It's the world's tallest moving observation tower, and it cost 46 million pounds, so expectations were high.

But what did the first fee-paying passengers make of it?

We sent Malcolm Shaw to find out.

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