|Albums > Heritage Open Days 2011 > Spanish City Dome - Rotunda|
|Perhaps for the final time before the proposed redevelopment goes ahead the Dome (Rotunda) at Whitley Bay Spanish City was open to the public and I took the opportunity to pop in on 11th September 2011.|
A chance to see some of the work carried out to repair the Dome and an opportunity to get up onto the roof for some unique views over the Links.
The Dome was designed by Newcastle architects Crackett and Burns, Dick to use the fairly new Hennebique technology of reinforced concrete. The Engineer for the construction being LG Mouchel, the builders being Davidson & Miller.
The front part of the Dome was strength tested by using 1,000 bags of sand weighting 62,5 tons and a further 130 men weighing a total of 10 tons to stand on the structure.
The building work took only 82 days during 1910 and is now a Grade II Listed Building.