The Old Lookout, Beer, Devon, proposed building
The Old Lookout, Beer, Devon
The Old Lookout, Beer, Devon
The Old Lookout, Beer, Devon
The Old Lookout, Beer, Devon
The Old Lookout, Beer, Devon

The old lookout

The Old Lookout Tower is a local landmark occupying a stunning and prominent location in an area of outstanding natural beauty next to the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast on Hooken Cliffs to the southwest of Beer.

The Tower is identified in the Devon Historic Environment Records. There is reference to the site once being the home of an Admiralty flag signal station during the Napoleonic wars (Monument record number MDV11097). It is believed that the Tower was built around the late 19th Century with historic maps showing the presence of a building on this site since 1889.

Working closely with the owners, hmad|architects' design is in keeping with the location and is sensitive to the historic significance. The basic form of the tower structure has been retained to keep the character of the property whilst the visual appearance has been improved by refurbishment works. The works will make the building fit for the needs of 21st Century living and generations of guests.

Key design features include: construction of a replacement single storey extension and roof terrace to provide a vantage point which celebrates the amazing setting and views; a three storey lift tower; wheelchair accessible spaces and a new second floor created by enclosing the existing parapet with a glazed lantern which takes advantage of spectacular panoramic views.

Sustainability features include: retention of the existing building fabric where possible; PV generated electricity; an air source heat pump and enhanced thermal insulation. Biodiversity features include: bee bricks; swallow cups and coastal meadow planting.

The project is due to be completed in Spring 2022.