Award winning Observatory!

12 February 2019

William Saunders are proud to share in the success of the new North Sea Observatory at Chapel Point, Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire.

The project won Best Development Project (up to £5m) at the Greater Lincolnshire Construction and Property Awards 2019. Over 350 people gathered to celebrate the Construction and Property sector in Lincolnshire, which took place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Lincoln.

William Saunders undertook Civil and Structural Engineering design for the iconic building, which is the UK’s first purpose built marine observatory and is situated behind the sea defences at Chapel Point.  It offers all year round facilities including a café, public toilets, and an exhibition area.

This striking building was designed by Kier Design and Property Services architects (Lincolnshire County Council).  It was constructed on an environmentally sensitive sand dune, above a WW1 defence structure and also above old buried sea defences.  The building was curved in plan, with a complex geometric roof shape.  The building was designed to use screw piles and a fully suspended floor in order to minimise the environmental impact. It was designed and drawn in a 3D environment, working closely with Kier and integrating our own fully detailed structural model with the architects 3D model of the building.

Photo credit Kier.

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