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The official opening  opening of Rossall Point observation Tower.
The official opening opening of Rossall Point observation Tower.
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A TOWERING addition to Fleetwood’s skyline has been nominated for a prestigious architectural award.

Rossall Point Observation Tower was designed by Liverpool-based Studio Three to give the impression it is leaning into the wind as it rises from the sand dunes.

And after only being open for three weeks it has already been shortlisted for its first accolade.

The striking observation point will go head to head with iconic buildings across the region for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards on June 12.

The tower, which was built as part of Wyre Council’s £2.1m Sea Change regeneration programme, boasts facilities for school children, a top deck providing views along the Fylde coast and space for the National Coastwatch Institution to perform their rescue duties.

Mushtaq Saleri, director of Studio Three Architects, said: “The RIBAs are the ultimate awards for architecture and just to be shortlisted is an accolade itself.

“They are the most recognised awards both nationally and internationally and lead toward a sterling process.

“The process of getting a lot of the local community involved was great and it’s part of a much bigger Sea Change project.”

Despite being nominated for the award Mr Saleri says the positive feedback he has received about the tower is better than any industry recognition.

He added: “I hope the people take it to their hearts and the initial feedback we’ve had from people so far is more important.

“This shows you can create and design something successful in a place which is often overlooked.”

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council, said: “It’s great news, we’re really pleased to be shortlisted for this prestigious award and have got our fingers crossed for June 12.”

Regional winners will be considered for a national award and one Fleetwood councillor says the attention could bring in more trade.

Coun Bob Winston, Fleetwood town councillor for Rossall, said: “I hope it brings more people into Fleetwood because it’s a good birdwatching area and the tower has a lot of facilities.

“I’m sure it will provide a lot for Fleetwood once people start to learn more about it because it’s got something for everyone and is great for schoolchildren.”