Building tour: The Lookout, Holkham

With John Western from Lucas + Western Architects

The Lookout is a visitor facility and café which opened at Holkham’s National Nature Reserve in 2018. Lucas+Western Architects undertook the development and implementation of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s approved scheme.

The building sits above flood level on a new earth mound, which used earth generated by creation of the new water-filled scrapes in the field adjacent. The steel superstructure follows a rigorous geometrical layout to create the building’s cylindrical form. The outer screen of larch fins unifies the building’s appearance whilst screening the human activities within from the Nature Reserve adjacent.

The building won a Design & Craftsmanship Award, an RIBA East Regional Award, and a North Norfolk District Council Graham Allen Award for Conservation & Design, all in 2019.

Event information:

Date / time: Thursday 12 October 2023; start 4pm
Venue: The Lookout, Holkham
Tickets: Free, but booking required via