‘World’s longest slide’ to be built around ArcellorMittal Orbit
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You could soon be sliding down the outside of the ArcelorMittal Orbit after planning permission was granted to add a helter skelter to the sculpture.
Already popular with visitors enjoying views of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the rest of London from 114.5m up, the new addition will allow adrenaline junkies to spiral down 80m of it.
Peter Tudor, director of visitor services, said: “What more exciting way to descend the ArcelorMittal Orbit than on the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide?
“This slide really will give a different perspective of Britain’s tallest sculpture.”
Plans show the slide will circulate Sir Anish Kapoor’s steel structure five times before a final 50m descent.
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Part of it will be transparent, allowing visitors to enjoy iconic views as they hurtle towards earth.
Peter added: “We are committed to ensuring our visitors have the best possible day out every time they visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and as with all our venues, we are constantly exploring ways to ensure we lead the way with the latest visitor experience.”
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You can already abseil down the sculpture for £85 but taking the leisurely way down will be more affordable, expecting to cost around £5. The cost of building the slide is yet to be revealed, but it is expected to open early next year.