SD5052 : Lancaster Services, The "Pennine Tower"

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

Lancaster Services, The "Pennine Tower"
Lancaster Services, The "Pennine Tower"
Looking across the M6 from the southbound side to the northbound side.

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 ).
M6 Motorway
The M6 motorway runs from junction 19 of the M1 at the Catthorpe Interchange, near Rugby to the Gretna junction (J45). Here it becomes the A74(M) which continues to Glasgow.
The M6 is the longest motorway in the United Kingdom (232 miles) and one of the busiest. It incorporates the first length of motorway opened in the UK (the Preston bypass in 1958) and forms part of a motorway "Backbone of Britain", running north-south between London and Glasgow via the industrial North of England. It is also part of the east-west route between the Midlands and the east coast ports.
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 8 January, 2020
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  Roads, Road transport 
Camera (from Tags)
IPhone 7 
Motorway (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 502 520 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:57.7005N 2:45.6029W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 502 520
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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