The distinctive tower at Lancaster (former Forton) services on the M6 is a modern architectural icon of the north west. The tower has a hexagonal shape and once housed a restaurant. This is how it looked from the southbound side of the pedestrian bridge on the morning of 5 February 2009. This image was used in the March 2009 edition of the German architectural magazine deutsche bauzeitung, published by Konradin Mediengruppe.
Built in the 1960s it expressed shining, futuristic hopes for the motorway era, which, like the building itself, have become rather faded. The tower is no longer accessible to the public for health and safety reasons. It's a shame that the building didn't live up to expectations. Like many other former vantage points it fell victim to modern day safety and security issues. The viewing terraces at Manchester Airport and the Post Office tower in London are two other examples of this effect. I think the tower at Forton Lancaster services should be re-opened to the public. It's and unforgettable and inspiring piece of modern architecture.
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