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Work taking place on the Coastguard Lookout Tower on Holy Island.
Work taking place on the Coastguard Lookout Tower on Holy Island.

WORK is underway to transform the former Coastguard Lookout Tower on Holy Island into a 360-degree observatory.

The project began when Natural England decided it needed to boost awareness of Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR).

Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust is now managing the project, which started in January, with funding from a Natural England Higher Level Stewardship scheme.

The inside of the tower is to be redone to make it weatherproof and bring it up to modern safety standards and a staircase built to replace the ladder.

However, the major work is transforming the top floor into a 360-degree glass observatory that will offer views not just of the NNR but the whole island and beyond.

“It’s going to be absolutely stunning,” said Jon Riley, of the development trust.

The work is being carried out by DP Builders of Amble and the second stage of the scheme will see a new building, called Window on Wild Lindisfarne, constructed between the village and the castle, overlooking the Rocket Field.

Work on this stage cannot start until April due to birds using the field, but if all goes according to plan, both buildings will be ready this summer.

Jon said: “What we are hoping is that the Trust can work with Natural England and other organisations so that the buildings are manned, as points for people to get information, starting points for guided walks and things like that.”