The first parts of the i360 tower arrived on Brighton seafront by barge this morning (Thursday 11 July).
The barge was beached first thing, carrying six steel cans, which form part of the 162m talk shaft of the observation tower.
David Marks, of architect Marks Barfield, said: It’s fantastic after all this planning to finally see this happening.
“Today marks an exciting news phase when the i360 starts to come out of the ground and reach for the sky.”
Eleanor Harris, the i360 chief executive, said: “It’s been a long time coming – a ten-year journey for us.”
She said that the company hopes to create 440 jobs for people in Brighton and Hove.