‘Skywalk’ proposed across roof of the O2

June 10, 2011 by  

A new walkway across the roof of the iconic O2 in North Greenwich has been proposed.

Visitors to the O2 Skywalk would be able to attempt the "challenging and physical"  walk across the full diameter of the dome, enjoying 360 degree views from a viewing platform in the centre, over 50m in the air.

The walkway would be suspended above the O2 and pavillion buildings for entering and exiting are planned for either end. It's intended that the walkway be made from a "tensile structural fabric" to mimic the experience of walking across the dome itself.

Those wishing to traverse what was originally the Millennium Dome will don safety equipment and go up in groups of up to 30 alongside a trained group leader, with the whole experience lasting around 50 minutes.

The Skywalk is part of owner AEG's attempt to "provide enhanced daytime attractions to compliment the existing evening attractions."

The planning application for the scheme has been submitted to Greenwich Council by long-term leaseholder AEG Europe.

The architect for the O2 Skywalk is Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners - Lord Rogers was the architect for the original dome structure. Suggestions of a walkway across the O2 first surfaced back in 2008.

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7 Responses to “‘Skywalk’ proposed across roof of the O2”

  1. Parliamentary Buns | The Greenwich Phantom on June 13th, 2011 10:17 am

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