SD5052 : Bridge and Tower at Lancaster Services

taken 4 months ago, near to Forton, Lancashire, Great Britain

Bridge and Tower at Lancaster Services
Bridge and Tower at Lancaster Services
Lancaster Services was opened under the name 'Forton', in 1965 by Rank. The Services are notable for their unusual hexagonal concrete tower on the northbound side which is a prominent local landmark, reminiscent in form to an airport control tower, evoking the ”modern glamour” associated with motorway travel in the early 1960s.

The distinctive tower, called 'The Pennine Tower’, is unique to the services, but Rank built slightly smaller versions at other services of theirs such as Hilton Park. When it originally opened it had a restaurant with a panoramic view. However, the tower had insufficient emergency exits to satisfy Health and Safety regulations and has been closed to the public since 1989. It's now only used for staff training and offices. The 20 metre-high tower was designed by London-based architects' Practice TP Bennett & Sons. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building since 2012 (Historic England List Entry Number: 1404607 LinkExternal link ).
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 8 January, 2020
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services 
Camera (from Tags)
IPhone 7 
Motorway (from Tags)
M6 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 502 520 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:57.7059N 2:45.6030W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 502 520
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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