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Sea & Iron Mare et Fero Interpretation Centre

Part 1 Project 2011
Paul Warrior
RIBA Studio, UK
The Situation

The proposal is for a remote site on the coastal fringe of Redcar, a small industrial and maritime town on the river Tees in the North East of England.

The Tees mouth was once dominated by marshland, hazardous to ships and fishing vessels. In order to counter this problem the local authority constructed the North Shore Gares using waste slag from a nearby iron works, thereby transforming the coastline into a man-made landscape.

The Influences

On this man-made habitat a new steel blast furnace was constructed.

Bays, or holes, were inhabited by the local fishing community.

During World Wars I & II the area became heavily fortified – a strong presence in the current landscape are the remnants and concrete bunkers lying scattered and upturned.

The Proposal

The proposal is to create a coastal interpretation centre in this unique location which will allow visitors to explore the main narratives of the site: fishing, steel making and war.

A series of experiential devices, relating to the narratives, weaves the experience of the building together.

Paul Warrior


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