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Spanish City
Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, UK
Spanish City
associated engineer
LG Mouchel & Partners
date  1910
era  Modern  |  category  Building  |  reference  NZ353727
ICE reference number  HEW 1995
photo  Jane Joyce
Spanish City is a seaside pleasure complex built in 1910. From an engineering point of view, the interesting thing about it is that the main building is constructed in reinforced concrete.
The building houses a concert hall, restaurant, tea rooms and roof garden. Its main facade is 180ft long and the building is 275ft deep.
A 5in thick, 50ft diameter reinforced concrete shell dome tops the complex, rising to 73ft above foundation level. It is supported on reinforced concrete columns resting in turn on pad footings. The dome's internal surface is decorated, masking its ribbed structure.
Architect: Cackett and Burns Dick
Contractors: Davidson and Miller
reference sources   CEH North

Spanish City