The O2 Roofwalk given the green light
AEG, owner and operator of The O2, the world's most successful music and entertainment venue, today announced that the London Borough of Greenwich has granted planning consent for the construction of a roof walkway across The O2.
The proposed structure, temporary in nature and suspended from The O2's distinctive yellow masts, will be capable of accommodating up to 90 people at any one time. Visitors will walk to the central viewing platform from a base-station situated at the entrance to The O2. The walkway will be 190 metres in length and will be 60 metres above the ground at its highest point.
The architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, original architects of the now iconic venue, were commissioned by AEG to design the walkway. The brief was to create a walkway which preserved the integrity of The O2 structure whilst manifesting itself as a distinct feature which does not overwhelm or detract from The O2.
Alistair Wood, AEG Europe, Executive Director for Real Estate, said: "Our brief to the architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + 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.
"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 60-metre climb and the fact that the experience is open air will add to the sense of excitement and adrenaline.
"We are excited by the opportunity to deliver what will be a major new attraction to London, adding to the many great entertainment offerings already existing at The O2." Mike Davies of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, project director of the proposed walkway said: "The rooftop walkway will be a new and distinctive addition to The O2, whilst preserving the integrity of the original structure as well as respecting its geometry and sculptural qualities. It will offer an exciting and challenging London attraction that is highly accessible to visitors."