Moreover, Brighton has a historicity, and the observation tower is earmarked at a location of the erstwhile West Pier – built in 1866 and one of only two Grade I listed piers in the United Kingdom. Closed since 1975, for some time it was under consideration for restoration, but two fires in 2003, and other setbacks, led to these plans being abandoned. In 2006, the plan for a new landmark – the i360 was announced. With its grand squares, town houses and hotels, Brighton is one of the finest and most recognisable seafronts in Britain. Therefore this plan raised a public outcry of protests, which led to a stalling of the project for 8 years. The project, however, has now got the necessary approvals and construction will commence soon.