Seafront tower adds another award to growing collection

Rossall Point Observation Tower.
Rossall Point Observation Tower.

Rossall Point Observation Tower has won another top award to add to an expanding collection.

The tower received the Small Project of the Year Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers at its annual regional awards.

Built in 2013 as part of Wyre Council’s Sea Change coastal regeneration programme, the iconic structure was designed to look as though it is leaning into the wind and rises 42ft above the sand dunes.

The tower was put through its paces earlier in the year when Fleetwood was hammered by some of the most powerful storms and high tides on record.

Coun Peter Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for economic development at Wyre Council, said: “This award shows how keen Wyre is to transform our coastline into a fantastic destination for everybody.

“This new building sums up the council’s approach to the future, for all of Wyre, not just Fleetwood – forward-looking with a great outlook!”

The ground floor gallery is an education facility and events base for the council’s coast and countryside rangers, the first floor provides a facility for bird watching and the second floor is home to the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), a voluntary organisation that keeps watch over shipping and visitors to the Morecambe Bay area.

An open observation deck on the top level provides views over to the Lakeland fells and out across Morecambe Bay.

The tower has previously won awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and been shortlisted for a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Award.