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Studio Three reveals Wyre observatory plans

Liverpool’s Studio Three Architects has unveiled its proposed observatory tower at Rossall Point - part of the £1.6m Sea Change programme to improve the waterfront at Wyre in Lancashire

The scheme, which was won in competition in collaboration with BCA Landscape last May (AJ 19.05.10), was approved late last year by Wyre Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

The tower replaces an out-dated facility used by the National Coast Watch Initiative (NCI) at Rossall Point and includes several viewing platforms open to the public and a ground floor education centre.

It is hoped the facility will be operational by autumn 2011.

Previous story (AJ 19.05.10)

Studio Three and BCA Landscape scoop Wyre contest

Liverpool’s Studio Three Architects and BCA Landscape has bagged the £1.6 million project to transform Wyre’s waterfront

The team pipped fellow finalists LDA Design with Softroom Architecture (see AJ 07.05.10) to land the CABE-backed Sea Change scheme in Lancashire..

Councillor Barry Birch, Economy Portfolio Holder for Wyre Borough Council, said: ‘Although each team was asked to outline some concepts for the purposes of the interviews, we are delighted that BCA Landscapes will be coming to Wyre with no preconceived ideas.

‘Throughout the process they have shown a determination to engage with the people of Cleveleys and Fleetwood, which will give residents a real sense of ownership.’

Mushtaq Saleri of Studio Three (practice pictured) said: ‘We see this as a starting point for this part of Fleetwood… putting down a quality marker which could lead to further investment. We are thrilled to have come through such a well-respected field of internationally renowned architects.’

A public consultation will then be carried out before construction on the £1.7m project begins in autumn.

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The five shortlisted teams were: Sweden’s White with Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein; BCA Landscape with up-and-coming Liverpool practice Studio Three Architects; Levitate Architecture with art consultants Grit and Pearl; Ian McChesney Architects with Untitled Practice and Peter Kirby; and LDA with Softroom Architecture.

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