Prototype swivelling shelter under test
In April 2002, McChesney Architects won a two-staged open design competition for a series of innovative swivelling wind shelters on Blackpool’s South shore promenade. The flowing form of each 8m high shelter was prescribed by its two main prerequisites: A vane, which turns the structure, and a baffle that shelters the occupant from the wind. Each shelter is manufactured from Duplex grade stainless steel, chosen for its good corrosion resistance. In May of last year, after comprehensive testing and development, a full sized working prototype was built. In April of this year, the first shelter was opened to the public. A second is currently in manufacture.