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O2 Skywalk plans revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:38 16 June 2011

Skywalk plan

Skywalk plan

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Residents with a head for heights may be able to experience the unique challenge of climbing up the O2 arena after owners submitted a planning application for a skywalk.

Owners AEG Europe plan to put up a walkway across the arch of the structure with two pavilions at its northern and southern ends.

It will contain a viewing platform at the highest point offering 360-degree views in a bid to boost daytime visitors.

Chartered town planner Will Edmonds, who submitted the application last Tuesday, 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.

Last June, Bon Jovi played a special concert on top of the O2 ahead of a 12-date residency at the arena.

A spokesman from AEG refused to comment on the application but said they expect a positive outcome in July.

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