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O2 skywalk given the go ahead

PUBLISHED: 14:02 29 July 2011 | UPDATED: 12:03 02 August 2011

The entrance to the skywalk

The entrance to the skywalk

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Councillors have given the skywalk above the O2 arena the go ahead.

Owners AEG Europe can now move forward with plans to put up a walkway across the arch of the structure with two pavilions at its northern and southern ends, after their planning application was approved by Greenwich councillors last Thursday.

It will contain a viewing platform at the highest point offering 360-degree views in a bid to boost daytime visitors and will be able to hold 90 people at a time. It will be able to cater for 720 visitors a day and AEG bosses hope to have it open before London 2012.

This comes after rockers Bon Jovi performed a special concert on the roof of the O2 when they launched their 12-date stint at the arena last June.

Chartered town planner Will Edmonds, who submitted the planing application in June, told the Times: “The scheme will provide an additional tourist and entertainment attraction allowing the public to transverse the arch of the O2 tent structure from south to north, with a viewing platform at the highest point affording unique 360 degree views.

“As a host Olympic and Paralympic venue, the Skywalk design will be inclusive for both disabled and able bodied people.

“We carried out a public consultation and there were no major objections. We also consulted with the Greater London Authority and the local authority.”

The walkway is proposed to be open from 8am to 11pm.

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