Wirral Waters Beacon
The Wirral Beacon is an observation tower proposal, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and Jane Wernick Associates, that will offer unrivalled 360° views of Liverpool City Waterfront, the Wirral Peninsula, Birkenhead Park and beyond, with distant views of Blackpool Tower to the north, Chester to the south, the Cheshire Plains to the east, & wind farms in the Irish Sea to the west.
The Wirral Beacon project is a visitor attraction that will put the Wirral back on the map, in the region, by creating a landmark structure on the skyline that will draw people into the docks to ascend the tower and experience a new perspective of the docks and the Wirral Peninsula.
The observation tower will be sited in a key position within the Wirral Waters development, which proposes to create a mixed use development of
residential, commercial, leisure and entertainment amenities in and around the existing 500 acre dockland site, over the next 30-50 years.
The design conjures the memory of the 173m tall New Brighton Tower, (1900-1921), which was a viewing tower sited some two miles north of the Wirral Waters site, on the far northern point of the peninsula, to which thousands of weekenders and holiday makers would throng to visit the tower and experience the breathtaking views, dance in the ballroom, and play on the beaches.
The tower as a physical landmark and as a tourist attraction helped establish Wallasey and the Wirral as a successfull Victorian era seaside resort. The Wirral Beacon will act as a catalyst for a similar reinvention of the Birkenhead docks.