You could soon be sliding around the ArcelorMittal Orbit next spring after planning permission was granted for a 178m-long slide to loop around the structure.

The helter skelter at the Olympic Park will send visitors up to 15mph around the famous sculpture designed by Sir Anish Kapoor, and will loop around five times before a final 50m descent.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park director of visitor services Peter Tudor said: “What more exciting way to descend the ArcelorMittal Orbit than on the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide?

Artist's impression of the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

“We are committed to ensuring our visitors have the best possible day out every time they visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and, as with all our venues, we are constantly exploring ways to ensure we lead the way with the latest visitor experience.

“This slide really will give a different perspective of Britain’s tallest sculpture.”

Visitors can already abseil down the structure at a cost of £85, but the slide – which will be partly transparent – will allow a much more affordable way to take in views of London for just £5 per ride.

It is expected to open by spring, 2016.

Three slide facts for you:

  • The descent will take about 40 seconds
  • The slide will be the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide.
  • It will be 178m long and 76m high