The Orbit, the steel viewing platform and sculpture at the London 2012 Olympic Park, is to be fitted with an enclosed steel pipe from top to bottom, as steel tube suppliers play their part in its evolution and development.

Work is ongoing to make sure the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park continues to serve the local community, as well as the tourists who flock to the site each year to relive their memories of the events of summer 2012.

And it’s a typically light-hearted development for Anish Kapoor’s hotly debated sculpture to become a helter skelter, as steel tube suppliers will provide a big enough steel pipe for visitors to climb inside and ride their way down to the ground.

It’s also a much quicker way back down from the Orbit’s viewing platform, at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour – covering the 178m slide in just 40 seconds.

The finished tunnel slide should be the tallest and longest of its kind anywhere in the world, and is scheduled to open in spring 2016.