A few weeks past, I traveled over to Fleetwood to find the Fleetwood Radar Station, built in 1961-2, which is now a listed building. It was my first time to Fleetwood, at the top of the peninsula, and was very taken with this little town, which has been powered by fishing and tourism in the past. It is a short ride on the tram from Blackpool North, and the Radar station, is now managed by Nautical Studies department at Blackpool and the Fylde College.
The unusual and curious building was designed by architects Roger Booth and Eric Morris Hart at Lancashire County Council. Constructed on pillars above the sand in reinforced concrete with a flat roof, the oval building was built for training the coastal craft in radar technology. It has intriguing features such as a triangular porthole window with rounded corners, and an off white and brown paint work colour scheme.
The building was listed in 2003, and was given a Civic Trust commendation in 1965, described as ‘a modest yet dramatic little building’.
You can reach the building easily, as the Fleetwood tram (end of the line) stops on the Fleetwood esplanade, and it sits next to the Fleetwood Coastguard station, Burton’s Lighthouse (1840) and the North Euston Hotel (1840).
(This post is a re-post from Looking Back|Moving Forward blog)