Sky ride to Brighton: World first for Accoya in vertical cable car tollbooths

5 December 2016

Two Victorian tollbooths in Brighton have been carefully recreated using Accoya as part of the launch of the world’s first vertical cable car.

The two tollbooths are part of the British Airways i360, located by the entrance of seaside resort’s abandoned West Pier.

The 531ft high British Airways i360 offers views across Regency Brighton and the South Downs. The views stretch over 66 miles of coastline and on the clearest days visitors can see as far as the Isle of Wight.

The western tollbooth houses the British Airways i360 ticket office, with the eastern tollbooth now acting as the West Pier Tea Room. The structures were built to replicate the previous 1866 tollbooth designs.

Accoya was used to craft the doors and doorframes of both tollbooths, which act as a gateway for the thousands of visitors expected to journey to the British Airways i360.

The structures were built by specialist contractor InWood Developments which has employed Accoya window and door manufacturers Westgate Joinery to supply and install the doors and door frames for the new buildings. These have been painstakingly constructed over several months to ensure that each and every element of the buildings reflect the original structures.

David Pattenden, managing director of Westgate Joinery, said: “Our team are used to developing bespoke and high quality windows and doors each and every day, but this project was definitely one of a kind. We were honoured to be able to contribute to the redevelopment of these tollbooths which once formed the entrance to Brighton’s West Pier, one of Britain’s historic landmarks.

“Accoya was the obvious choice of material for the doors and frames of these stunning structures. As the most durable and stable wood around, we knew that the ticket office door would have absolutely no problems with sticking or warping when Accoya was used. The building overlooks the English Channel and faces some very difficult weather conditions, especially during the winter months.

“Accoya’s structure means that it won’t be affected by rain and heat like other woods. We can rely on Accoya to last a lifetime.”