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  • The Eiffel Tower saw a number of lookalikes spring up in England with varying success. The lasting impact has been made by the Blackpool Tower.
  • The building was first conceived by Blackpool's then Mayor, John Bickerstaffe, when he saw the Eiffel Tower during the 1889 Great Paris Exhibition.
  • The tower employs over five million bricks, 2,533 tonnes of iron and 94 tonnes of cast steel and the structure is designed so that if it were to ever collapse it would in a westerly direction into the sea rather than taking out surrounding streets.
  • The structure features a series of metal beams, with the legs braced every nine metres with supports adding a lattice-work of girders.
  • Powering the original lifts were twin cylindered Crossley gas engines that would move the elevators at the rate 1.65 metres per second.
  • The Blackpool Tower is a member of The World Federation of Great Towers. The (WFGT) is an association of tall towers and skyscrapers from around the world, created in 1989. The key criterion for inclusion in the WFGT is that the building in question must have a public observation deck. There are 23 towers.

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Architect
James Maxwell and Charles Tuke
Consulting Engineer
R.J.G Reade
Developer
Blackpool Tower Company Limited
Main Contractor
James Bell
Structural Engineer
Heenan & Froude

Reference Data

Reference No.
634
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
26-01-2009
 

Building Location

Address
Heywood Street, Blackpool. FY4
Council
Blackpool Borough Council
County
Lancashire
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1889
Construction start date
1891
Completion date
1894
Style
Structural Expressionist

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
158.10
Pinnacle Type
Flagpole
Roof Height (AGL)
144.00
Top Floor Height (AGL)
138.00

Total Floors (O.G)
6

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Primary Use
Observation Tower


Construction Cost
£290,000.00
Budget Date
1894

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