London-based bblur architecture has won planning approval to construct a giant slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the city.
Claimed to be the tallest sculpture in the UK, ArcelorMittal Orbit was designed by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor.
Building plans include a 178m slide that will connect the platforms of the structure and move down to the ground level.
The slide will loop around the 114.5m-high sculpture and observation tower, which is the iconic centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic park.
The enclosed steel tube of the slide will wind its way in and out of the sculpture’s lattice work and twist along to the ground.
Expected to be used as an alternative to the staircase, the slide will provide a fast route down from the viewing platforms, thrilling visitors with a 40-second descent, at a speed of 15 miles per hour.
The refurbished tower is scheduled to be operational by early next year.
This development is a part of Legacy Corporation’s effort towards ‘evolving and developing the ArcelorMittal Orbit’.
Image: Planned slide for ArcelorMittal Orbit. Photo: courtesy of London Legacy Development Corporation.