Technology Partner to British Airways i360

British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower, located in Brighton, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects.  The visitor attraction launched in August 2016 attracting worldwide media attention and visitors from all over the world.

The fully enclosed glass viewing pod glides up the slim tower to 138m, from where you can see stunning 360° views of Brighton, the South Downs, all along the South Coast and out to the English Channel.  The attraction also features two reproduction tollbooths dating from the original West Pier development in 1866; extensive event spaces; a shop and a beachside restaurant.

As a new construction project, British Airways i360 had extensive IT requirements to be designed, developed and installed to tight deadlines and budget.  These included WiFi connectivity across the site and into the pod at 138 metres high!  It also included the IT network set-up for the back office, the technical engineers, the event spaces and the restaurant.

The project

Initially British Airways i360 contacted Curve IT to deliver emergency high speed internet into the temporary portakabin the team were occupying during construction. Following the success of that job, our original remit of work was expanded. Curve IT became instrumental in developing and delivering IT infrastructure for the entire project.

  • We designed and implemented the full ICT infrastructure including servers and security deployment for the whole site
  • We provided technological consultancy and project management, collaborating with all construction stakeholders and the British Airways i360 operational team
  • We provided payment gateways, CCTV links and customer WiFi connectivity
  • We conducted WiFi surveys, installed and configured the WiFi network
  • We devised the methodology for the WiFi radio link installation in the glass viewing pod to reach 138m high
  • We sourced all IT equipment and installed it including the VOIP telephony system
  • We continue to managed all the IT services and support for British Airways i360

“From the very beginning, Simon and his team prided themselves not only getting the job done quickly and to the highest possible standards, but also on their strict lack of unnecessaries. This meant no pointless paperwork, no deliberate confounding of the client with industry gobbledegook and absolutely, positively no wasted time.”

Eleanor Harris, Chief Executive – British Airways i360

Throughout all of our work for British Airways i360, Curve IT brought the same passion and approach that has built their reputation for delivering intelligent IT solutions across a multitude of industries and events.  To see how we can help you, call us on 01273 806220.

Curve IT Support Brighton - British Airways i360

Simon, MD of Curve IT, working in the British Airways i360 pod