The Lighthouse, Formby

Project Type: Office

The ‘Lighthouse office development’ provides a new base for a national insurance group occupying a prominent location on the main route into Formby. The building is constructed using a steel framed structure that is externally clad in a combination of contemporary brickwork and traditional thatching.

DK-Architects worked closely with the contractor, the National Society of Master Thatchers, and Jhai Building Control Services to deliver the first building in the UK to employ vertical thatching on such a scale. Along with giving the building a bold distinctiveness the thatch also contributes to the local character of the area with a large a number of traditional thatched cottages found throughout Formby. Internally the development provides a range of spaces from open plan offices for telesales to various smaller team and cellular offices, meting spaces, a reception, a café area and a dramatic vaulted space containing a large board room and manger’s office – all fitted out with bespoke timber finishes and high quality furniture + fittings.

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