SSDA 2019: Greatham Creek Seal Hide

31 October 2019

Image: Vicky Matthers

In an area of Teesside renowned for its wildlife, a popular destination for birdwatchers and people wishing to photograph seals, an observation hide has been constructed during the building of new flood embankments. 

Merit: Greatham Creek Seal Hide, Middlesbrough
Architect: Abstract Machine (Leeds Beckett University)
Structural engineer: BMMJV (Bam Nuttall/Mott MacDonald Joint Venture)
Steelwork contractor: S H Structures
Main contractor: BMMJV (Bam Nuttall/Mott MacDonald Joint Venture)
Client: Environment Agency

Overlooking the sea at Greatham Creek, the steel-framed hide replaces an old timber structure and is a legacy structure for those visiting the area for years to come.

To satisfy the need for a lightweight material and to achieve the required durability, corrosion-resistant weathering steel was used as it resolved the need for repainting and provided a suitable colour.

Funding was secured through engagement with Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Teesside Environmental Trust, with a contribution from the Landfill Communities Fund.

Produced by the BCSA and Steel for Life in association with Construction Manager

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