Roker Pier Lighthouse




Refurbishment and conservation


TRAC was appointed by Sunderland City Council to complete conservation refurbishment works to the lantern housing of Roker Pier Lighthouse.

The Challenge

The lighthouse, a Grade ii listed building, is a functioning lighthouse situated at the end of the 800m Roker Pier. It is exposed to extreme weather and sea conditions which often force the area to be closed to the public. The Murette is a wrought/cast iron dome structure that rests on top of a 23m granite tower. The lighthouse had not been subject to routine maintenance and subsequently needed significant repair and refurbishment works.

The plans for the conservation project were not advanced when the contract was advertised for tender.  SCC wished to employ a contractor with the skills to develop the design from the planning stage. The successful contractor was required to engage a conservation accredited consultant to provide drawings and specifications and submit these for planning approval.

The Approach

TRAC Engineering, with a proven record in delivering similar challenging projects, demonstrated the knowledge and experience required were awarded the contract for the most economical advantageous submission. TRAC project managed specialist contractors in metalwork conservation, architectural cast iron foundry supplies, curved glazing, lightning protection and gold-leaf work.

A Notice to Mariners was issued to warn that the light would be extinguished for the duration of the project. The fog signal remained operational throughout, sounding at times of low visibility from a temporary position out-with the Lighthouse.

The Results

The works were carefully programmed to ensure that there was minimal disruption to the operation of the lighthouse and safety precautions taken to protect the pedestrian traffic that use the pier. The project was completed on time and within budget.