Council gives thumbs up to plan for 200m long 'Skywalk'
THE ROOF OF THE O2 Arena in Greenwich is to get a 200 metre long walkway in time for the 2012 London Olympics.
Planners at Greenwich Council gave the thumbs up to the 'Skywalk' project at a council meeting last night.
Standing 60 metres high, suspended between two of the Arena's trademark yellow masts, the swooping walkway will offer panoramic views of east London and beyond.
Visitors will need to wear special equipment for the 50 minute trek across the Dome. In the middle of that trek, O2-climbers will be able to take a break on a viewing platform.
One snag is that they probably won't be allowed photographic evidence of their brave trip: for safety reasons, all loose items, including cameras, are likely to be banned.
The walkway has been designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership, one of the companies responsible for the the Millennium Dome itself.
Though Greenwich Councillors have okayed the Skywalk only on a temporary basis - for the Olympics - it is thought the walkway will eventually become a permanent fixture if it proves popular.