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Projects > The Mount, Fleetwood

Design, construct and install an 18 metre fully-rigged replacement flagpole

The Mount

November 2020

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The Mount is a historic hilled landmark in the coastal town of Fleetwood, Lancashire. It is surrounded by The Mount Gardens and homes a Grade II-listed pavilion on the hilltop. Due to it’s age and condition, the local council wanted to revive The Mount to its former glory, with the first phase of the renovation on the seaward side of the landmark being completed in 2017.

After securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, the second phase of The Mount’s renovation could begin. The overall ambition of the project was to revive the iconic landmark and bring it back it it’s original 19th century design.

A much-loved feature of The Mount was its flag mast, which stood proudly on the hilltop in front of the existing pavilion. However, as part of the wider renovation project, the mast needed to be replaced due to its condition and quality.

Harrison Flagpoles were asked by Wyre Council to create and install a replacement flagpole in front of the historic Mount pavilion. We provided a flagpole which not only was in keeping with the original design ambitions of the wider project, but was also able to withstand the natural elements it would be subject to due to its location.

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Challenges

Due to The Mount being in a raised, coastal location on Fleetwood Esplanade, an ultra-heavy duty glassfibre pole was required to ensure it would endure the weather and environmental conditions it would face from the sea. Our expert installation team secured the flagpole onto hinged-base plates, as well as with four guy ropes and anchor points.

Solution

Harrison Flagpoles is the UK’s leading authority when it comes to designing, constructing and installing flagpoles, so our knowledge and expertise of working on projects involving historical landmarks meant we were best placed to undertake the replacement of The Mount’s flag mast.

We designed an 18-metre high fully rigged flagpole, which included a yard arm and gaff to create a more historical aesthetic and aligned to the design of the original flag mast outside of the pavilion. The flagpole tapered from 180mm at the base to 65mm at the top and came complete with a gold effect ‘onion’ finial. An external roping system was also fitted to ensure the flag could be easily raised and lowered.

Installed in November 2020, we have revived a much-loved feature of The Mount through a flagpole which is not only in keeping with the historical design revival that Wyre Council wished for, but could also withstand the coastal conditions of the area.

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