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Tower of Love / dRMM

  • Architects: de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
  • Location: Blackpool, UK
  • Landscape Architect: LDA Design
  • Lead Consultant: LDA Design
  • Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Structural Engineer: Michael Hadi Associates
  • M&E Engineer: Michael Popper Associates
  • BREEAM Consultant: Alan Pither Ltd
  • Contractor: FParkinson
  • Client: Blackpool Council
  • Area: 520.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Alex de Rijke, Chris Astbury

© Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke © Chris Astbury

From the architect. The "Tower of Love" on the Tower Festival Headland is the first building to be built on the Golden Mile for a great many years. It provides a focal point for visitors; a large sea view restaurant and terrace with local tourist information office at promenade level, and registry offices with ceremony hall above.

© Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

Standing on a stepped concrete plinth containing recycled and phosphorescent glass, the engineered timber building is a deliberate eye-catcher and lookout point, clad in golden stainless steel shingles. The expressive form and detailing is a celebration of Blackpool's renowned exuberance, the bracing coastal weather combined with super-sustainable construction. The ‘telescopic’ wedding tower frames couples exchanging vows within a vertical view of Blackpool Tower, with Registry, reception and restaurant offering horizontal views of the Irish Sea.

© Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

Sited in collaboration with LDA Design’s new landscape along Blackpool's seafront: the building aligns with street views and contributes to the theme of an artificial dunescape. The Tower of Love is designed as a ‘useful sculpture’, set carefully on the steps between the Blackpool Illuminations experience and the sea. 

© Chris Astbury
© Chris Astbury
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