Up on the roof plan for O2 visitors
Published 29/07/2011 | 10:11
Visitors to the O2 will be able to get a bird's eye view across London after a scheme to build a 190m-long walkway across its roof was granted planning permission.
The structure, which will be suspended from the yellow masts of the building in Greenwich, south-east London, will be 60m high.
Alistair Wood of AEG Europe, which owns and runs the building, said: "Our brief to the architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, was to create a walkway over the O2 which would complement the existing structure whilst enabling the public to experience the stunning views and panoramas from on top of the O2."
He continued: "The principle embodies our desire to create a daytime and evening experience that will appeal not only to existing visitors to the O2, but also attract further visitors from across London.
"The lightweight nature of the structure will ensure that the experience is as close to walking on the roof of the tent as possible, whilst the 60m climb and the fact that the experience is open air will add to the sense of excitement and adrenaline."
The building, originally known as the Millennium Dome, opened in 2000 and was home to the widely derided Millennium Experience.
It reopened in 2007 and has since hosted concerts by acts including Led Zeppelin, Take That and Beyonce.
It will also be an official venue for the 2012 Olympics, hosting both gymnastics and basketball games.