THIS WEEK IN 1998: ‘Funfair’ tower wins approval

The tower with freefall and panoramic lifts
The tower with freefall and panoramic lifts
Castle Primary School.  Picture Credit: Keith Woodland 180312-052.

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The Berkeley Group had sent the tower scheme into crisis by cutting its investment by £7m.

Disaster had turned to triumph with a new consortium on the scene which promised to plough more than £12m into the project.

They believed by adding panoramic lifts, a free-fall thrill-ride, a glass-floored crow’s nest and other attractions they could attract more than 600,000 visitors a year.

The tower was yet to win planning approval.

Senior officers were confident they would win approvals and it was a risk worth taking.

The tower was expected to be completed by November 2000.