i360, Brighton - Accoya Doors
Accoya®, the leading modified wood, has been used within the construction of two carefully reconstructed Victorian tollbooths as part of the launch of the world’s first vertical cable car in the seaside town of Brighton.
Located by the entrance of Brighton’s abandoned West Pier, the 531ft high British Airways i360 viewing tower offers views of up to 26 miles across the Sussex coast.
Situated on the West Pier, the new western tollbooth will act as a ticket office for i360, the new cable car attraction, and is built to replicate the previous 1866 octagonal tollbooth designs. The original eastern tollbooth is currently being repaired and restored and once in place, will act as a heritage centre and tea room.
Accoya was used to craft the doors and doorframes of both tollbooths, which will act as a gateway for the thousands of visitors expected to visit the British Airways i360 following its opening.
The structures were built by specialist contractor InWood Developments who have employed Accoya window and door manufacturers Westgate Joinery, to supply and install the Accoya doors and door frames to the new buildings which have been painstakingly constructed over several months to ensure that each and every element of the buildings reflects the original structures. The new tollbooths also have the benefit of Accoya cladding.
David Pattenden, 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 for 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.”