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The world's biggest slide is set to open in London next year

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Funfair fans rejoice! A 178-metre helter skelter slide is being built in London's Olympic Park.

The giant slide, which will be the biggest in the world, is set be crafted around the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit structure and is due to open next spring.

With no less than 12 loops descending from a height of 74 metres, visitors are expected to whizz down the slide at a dizzying speed of 15 mph.

This is how the giant slide might look

This is how the giant slide might look

Once open, the slide will cost around £5 per go, and the descent is expected to last approximately 40 seconds.

Anish Kapoor, who designed the original orbit for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has given the slide his full blessing. Fitting in with the designers original "light to dark" vision, the slide will have some transparent windows to offer visitors spectacular views across East London before plunging them into darkness once again.

Director of visitor service to the Olympic Park, Peter Tudor, told the Evening Standard, "The slide starts in darkness [on the platform] and then you get outside and it's in blazing light."

"One of the reasons it's called the Orbit is you orbit it. This is another way to do that."

The slide (shown in red) on planning documents

The slide (shown in red) on planning documents

The slide will be built into and around the orbit and visitors will still be able to abseil from the orbit.

He added, "We've already got Anish Kapoor's mirrors that turn everything upside-down, and the view. We're looking at what other experiences can we provide to engage with the sculpture."

Bring on spring 2016.

Pictures: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Bblur Architects

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