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 close to Brighton’s abandoned "West Pier", the 531ft 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 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.
The structures were built by specialist contractor InWood Developments who engaged Ringmer Joinery to supply and install the Accoya® doors and door frames. These new buildings have been painstakingly constructed over several months to ensure that each and every element of the build reflects the original design. The new tollbooths also have the benefit of Accoya® cladding.
Our team are used to developing bespoke and high-quality windows and doors each and every day, but this project was, undoubtedly, one of a kind. We were honoured to contribute to the redevelopment of these iconic tollbooths, which once formed the entrance to Brighton’s West Pier, one of the UK's historic landmarks.
Accoya® was the clear material choice 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 ensures some especially difficult weather conditions, particularly 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.