Mersey Observatory

The Mersey Observatory will offer unrivalled panoramic views of Liverpool Bay, the city’s skyline, the Mersey Waterfront, the Port of Liverpool and the Welsh hills. It will stand alongside Antony Gormley’s Another Place. The £11.65 million proposals, which will see an existing radar tower demolished and replaced with a unique structure of was the subject of an international design competition which drew 92 responses from around the world for stage 1. Plincke and EWA Architects joined five other teams on the shortlist to develop Stage 2 proposals.

The judging panel described our submission as a convincing presentation with thorough accounts of the new ramp strategy, the structure and assembly principles – with a particularly fluent presentation on landscape and ecology. Our scheme was praised for its simplicity – a simple and powerful intervention in the landscape punctuating the headland.