Work to start on Rossall Point
Published on Wednesday 21st September 2011
Work on a striking new observation tower at Rossall Point is set to start following the formal appointment of a contractor.
Wyre Council has awarded the contract to Fylde Coast based Parkinson Building Contractors who will bring the 14m tower to life between now and next spring.
The iconic structure is part of the wider Sea Change programme adding a new dimension to Wyre's waterfront, It will boast several viewing platforms open to the public, an education centre on the ground floor where views from the top will be projected on to screens and a new home for the National Coast Watch Initiative (NCI) volunteers.
Artwork inside and out will link the project to both the Mythical Coast Trail and the refresh of Marine Gardens.
To protect the natural environment as much as possible, most of the concrete construction will take place off site. Parkinsons hope to be on site by late autumn, when the surrounding promenade and pathways will need to close for short periods of time.
In the interim, NCI has chosen to suspend its duties rather than use the alternative accommodation suggested by Wyre Council.
Councillor Barry Birch, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration at Wyre Council, said: "People have been very patient while we sorted things out behind the scenes but now we have a contractor in place we can really start bringing this project to life.
"Soon we will have an eye catching focal point for visitors on a part of the seafront that is often overlooked. By becoming part of the coastal trail, it will also provide the physical link that has been missing between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, allowing us to promote the whole area as one remarkable coastline.
"We are delighted to be working with Parkinsons and look forward to seeing the end results next spring."
Andy Smith, Construction Director at Parkinsons, added: "We are thrilled to be part of the Rossall Point project and to be working with both the council, the local community and the environmentalist in ensuring that the end result of this coastal project is a symbol of success and innovation.
"The company has experience of working in coastal environment and is currently constructing the iconic Wedding Chapel on the Tower Headlands in Blackpool.
"We are also at work in Fleetwood constructing the new PCT and recently completed the new football stadium at Fleetwood Town FC."
Suggestions are now being sought for a suitable name for the tower. Suggestions can be left on the dedicated Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wyreseachange, where regular updates are posted. Alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on 01253 887260
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