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Fairhaven Church dome
Clifton Drive, Fairhaven, Lytham, Lancashire
Fairhaven Church dome
associated engineer
Not known
date  1911 - 1912
era  Modern  |  category  Church/Synagogue  |  reference  SD346273
ICE reference number  HEW 667
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Fairhaven United Reformed Church, also known as "The White Church", features an early example of concrete shell dome construction.
The church's roof consists of a quadripartite shell dome (it has four compartments) spanning approximately 10m. The reinforced concrete dome is 100mm thick. It is made of Class 10 concrete overlaid with a 20mm thick layer of waterproofing asphalt protected by bituminous felt sheets. Corrugated metal lathing was used as permanent formwork.
Brothers Cement was used for the dome's plaster finish, White's Cement for the concrete. Beneath the dome, the church's octagonal fibrous plaster ceiling is suspended on wires.
The bell tower also features concrete. It has a suspended reinforced concrete slab floor part way up, and another supported on concrete ring beams at the top. The rest of the building is made of structural brickwork with white faience blocks on the exterior.
Architect: Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornely
Contractor: Lewis Construction Co.
Research: PHEW
bibliography
The Builder, 1 Nov 1912
The White Church parish records
"The Buildings of England - North Lancashire" by N. Pevsner
Penguin Books, 1969
reference sources   ICE / INCH
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Fairhaven Church dome