A visual landmark on the Wyre Coast

A visual landmark on the Wyre Coast

Rossall Observatory

Project details

Sector Artworks, Education, Sports & leisure

Client Wyre Borough Council

Team

Studio 3 Architects
BCA Landscape Architects
Lesly Falais
F Parkinson

Location Fleetwood

Value £1,000,000

Awards

IStructE Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group 2014: Best Small Project Winner

The Observatory at Rossall Point acts as a visual landmark and the only physical refuge between the towns of Fleetwood and Cleveleys on the windswept Wyre Coast in Lancashire.

The design team – including Booth King – was selected through a competition. They created a world class and sustainable architectural structure, which would serve as a landmark and destination along the Wyre Coastal Trail. The structure includes an educational facility, a flexible and practical base for coastal and countryside volunteers and a place for community engagement. The primary structural steel tonnage is 17 tons. Although leaning out to sea, the form leads the structure to be remarkably balanced.

The communication from architect to Booth King to fabricator was primarily by exchange of 3D models.

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