The reconfiguration requirement of the London Eye external spaces is issued from the section 106 agreement of the London Eye permanent planning permission to which I took part previously. The project reconfigures the different site uses: queuing, café, exhibition, sitting, gathering…and the entrances to the ticket hall to prepare for the London Eye extension (to which I was also involved with). The design work includes a new bridge ramp, hard landscaping (stairs seating resurfacing), soft landscaping (new plant scheme), a large set of movable items (and their carrying devise), large foldable canopies, numerous security devises and a complete new lighting scheme.
Project Architect on this job, I’ve been responsible for the design, information production and running the job from the brief development to the completion. To meet the high requirements of the space (in terms high profile business, security and universal accessibility with over 7M visitors per year, 4 being clients), I worked with numerous consultants, including an accessibility consultant, a security engineer, a shop fitting consultant. The site was particularly challenging because of the tight program, the highly serviced ground layout, and the complex phasing allowing the London Eye to remain open at all time.