EXCLUSIVE: This is the first image of new meeting facilities at a major tourist venue. The operator of the Brighton i360, designed by the London Eye architect Marks Barfield, has unveiled plans for conference and events rooms, for 10 to 1,000 guests. The venue will be able to cater for full banquets, private dining, drinks and canapés receptions, with menus serving delicious food from Sussex’s larder created by MasterChef: The Professionals Winner, Steven Edwards, who is working in partnership with the venue’s caterer Centerplate. He and his partner Josh Stanzl can also be booked to cook exclusively for guests. The giant glass viewing pod can be hired exclusively for receptions for up to 200 people (192 people if catering is served inside the pod). It has a sky bar, state of the art sound system and video screens, which can all be tailored to events organisers’ requirements. Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of bubbly, a drinks and canapés reception or even a full banquet. Eleanor Harris, CEO of the Brighton i360, said: “There is no other venue like this on the South Coast and we have taken exceptional care to design these rooms and all the facilities to create somewhere truly special for conferencing and events, weddings and other parties. “We are also aiming to set a new global benchmark in sustainability. We are a 100% green energy venue and even generate green energy as the pod descends. We serve locally-sourced food and our building is designed to be energy efficient.” Sascha Koehler, general manager, Hilton Brighton Metropole, said: "We at Hilton Brighton Metropole are excited about the progress the i360 is making and the impact it will have on bringing more visitors to Brighton. It will become a main attraction for tourists as well as conference and meeting clients and will enhance the city's offer of local attractions.” The 162-metre high tower will start to be erected on Brighton beach this week. As reported in CN this month, Brighton and Hove City Council is working on plans to demolish the nearby Brighton Centre and the building of a new concert arena near the Brighton Marina.