Rossall Coastwatch Tower is the modern, leaning building on Fleetwood outer promenade that watches over the beach.
It can be accessed via the coastal footpath from Princess Parade via the small car park at the Sea Cadet Base car park. The postcode is FY7 8PG.
It’s at the right hand side of Fleetwood golf course.
Rossall Coastwatch Tower –
leaning into the wind
Completed in March 2013, the building is designed to look as if it’s leaning into the wind. It stands 42 feet above the seafront.
It was commissioned by Wyre Council, designed by Studio Three Architects and built by local contractors Parkinson’s. It was funded by the Sea Change Programme.
It replaces the old Coastguard Tower (see photos of it below), the bottom section of which became the toilet block and Waterfront Rangers office, at the right hand side of the new building.
During daytime hours you can go in the Tower and have a look. The building is interesting and the view is amazing. There are three floors inside, accessed by a steel staircase which climbs through the open centre of the building.
You can go to the very top of the building to look around. Stand on the open top floor balcony, and take in the stunning views up and down the coast. It’s well worth the climb!
View across the beach from the top of Rossall Point Tower
Watching the Bay
The National Coastwatch Institution use the second floor of the building, to keep watch over the beaches, sea and out into Morecambe Bay.
Winter opening times
Daily ~ 10am to 4pm. Winter hours are from the end of BST.
Summer opening times
Daily ~ 10am to 6pm. Summer opening is from the start of BST.
Rossall Coastwatch Tower is operated by Wyre Council and manned by Wyre Volunteer Rangers.
Have a look back through the construction process, and see the old Coastwatch Tower which was replaced with the new, taller design.
This update is as originally published (date shown).
At Rossall Point, work is moving along quickly, and the structure of the building is growing among the steel framework.
Published in June 2012
The steel skeleton of the building has been in place for some weeks now, and week by week, the fabric of the building is growing with the walls rapidly taking shape. Thanks to James Bamford for these photos taken from Fleetwood Golf Course on 6 June.
Taken on 6.6.12 by James Bamford from the 7th Fairway at Fleetwood Golf Course
The 14 metre tower is designed to look as if it is leaning into the wind. The building will act as a beacon and a destination along Wyre’s seafront, linking the new developments on the promenade at Cleveleys and the Marine Hall Gardens improvement project in Fleetwood.
You can see how tall it is, relative to the base of the old tower at the left, which will become a new toilet block.
Fylde Coast-based contractors, Parkinsons, have completed the demolition and groundworks stages of the build with the steel framework now in place.
Steel frame at Rossall Coastwatch Tower, 21.4.12
The next stage will be the cladding of the building exterior in thermally treated timber that has been specially selected for the exposed location of the tower.
The tower is the latest phase in Wyre Council’s £1.6 million Sea Change regeneration programme and designed by Studio Three Architects. It will provide a viewing platform for the general public and bird watchers with fantastic views over the Irish Sea, the Lune Deep, Lakeland fells and the Fylde Coast. Views from the top level will be projected through a camera system onto a screen on the ground floor.
The building will also have an education facility and provide a base for Wyre Council’s countryside service. The National Coast Watch Institution, who keep watch over shipping and visitors to Morecambe Bay, will base their operations from the tower.
Works have been ongoing since the beginning of 2012. Initial works involved piling the existing ground for the foundations followed by partial demolition of the existing structure.
Cross section of Rossall Tower, artists impression
The Old Coastwatch Tower
The old Fleetwood Coastwatch tower was built in 1948 and demolished in January 2012.
It was a cold and draughty building which wasn’t connected to the services.
But despite that, and having to access upstairs via a ladder, it served the National Coastwatch Institution well. They used it for their look out tower from which to observe the beach and sea.