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8th September 2015
Morgan-Brinkhurst Consultancy were pleased to assist with the guest list and invites for the launch of AQ-Y.
 

Amy Williams MBE - AquEye Ambassador
Amy Williams MBE - AquEye Ambassador

Morgan-Brinkhurst Consultancy were pleased to assist with the guest list and invites for the launch of AQ-Y, the reception was held at the Edge at Bath University. Patron for the project is Winter Olympic Gold Medallist Amy Williams MBE.

Designed in Bath by award-winning architect Nicholas Stubbs, AQ-Y is a revolving glass observation pod suspended between two slim, carbon fibre masts that rises from a horizontal position to a height of 65m, offering 360 degree views over the city’s Georgian rooftops.

Ian Lloyd, David James, Nick Stubbs & Cllr Martin Veal
Ian Lloyd, David James, Nick Stubbs & Cllr Martin Veal

Proposed to be built on Pulteney Weir Island, just down from Bath’s famous 18th century Pulteney Bridge, AQ-Y’s contemporary glass capsule will accommodate up to 25 guests embarking from the Parade Gardens. The capsule will swing out over the river and in just 20 seconds will sweep passengers up above the roof tops to AQ-Y’s full height of 65m, giving guests stunning views over the Georgian city, including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, the Bath Rugby stadium and the seven hills of Bath. The full AQ-Y experience will take 20 minutes and could be enjoyed by over 250,000 people a year. Subject to planning permission, AQ-Y will begin operation in Spring / Summer 2017.

Loraine & Kerrianne Gauld (Conation)
Loraine & Kerrianne Gauld (Conation)

Speaking about the proposal, Nicholas Stubbs (AQ-Y architect) said “AQ-Y will be a global first for Bath and its hi-tech, low-profile design has been created specifically for heritage locations.”

“Having worked as an architect in Bath for over 25 years I well understand the sensitivities of this World Heritage city. Although brilliant, I could not see the London Eye working here, so I wanted to develop something that would offer a similar breath-taking aerial experience, but in a way which was both elegant and unobtrusive. AQ-Y will lift people high enough to enjoy and interpret the city from above, but will be low profile enough to preserve Bath’s traditional views, as AQ-Y’s resting position is down and so doesn’t interrupt the city skyline. It’s also a dynamic work of art in its own right; the future celebrating the past of this wonderful, beautifully innovative city.

For more information and to watch a presentation video visit the AQ-Y website www.aq-y.com.

Photos courtesy of Celia Mannings Photographymers.

 

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