London

Rooftop walkway above Greenwich O2 approved

A walkway over the top of London's O2 complex has been given approval.

It is hoped the temporary structure will be built above the venue in Greenwich, south-east London, in time for the 2012 Olympics.

It will be suspended from two of the former Millennium Dome's yellow masts and lead to an observation platform.

It will be almost 200m (656ft) long and 60m (196ft) above the ground at its highest point, and be capable of holding up to 90 people at one time.

"Our brief to the architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, was to create a walkway over the O2 which would complement the existing structure whilst enabling the public to experience the stunning views," Alistair Wood of AEG Europe, which owns and operates the O2, said.

"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 60m climb and the fact that the experience is open air will add to the sense of excitement and adrenaline."

The 190m (623ft) long walkway, will stretch across the building, originally known as the Millennium Dome, which opened in 2000 and was home to the widely criticised Millennium Experience.

It reopened in 2007 and has since hosted concerts by acts including Led Zeppelin, Prince and Kylie Minogue.

It will also be an official venue for the 2012 Olympics, hosting basketball and gymnastics.

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