FLAG British Submarine Cable Terminal

  • Client FLAG (Now Global Cloud Xchange)
  • Location Skewjack, Cornwall
  • Year 2001
  • Cost £5.3m

Poynton Bradbury Architects were appointed by FLAG (Fibre-optic Link Around the Globe) (now to design and deliver the British transatlantic submarine cable terminal building for the FLAG Europe Asia (FEA) project, one of the largest bandwidth communications stations in the world.

The building was designed and constructed as one of four terminals serving a £1.8 billion 28,000-kilometer submarine fibre optic communications cable link that connects the USA, United Kingdom, Africa, Japan, and many places in between.

The building houses the ends of two submarine fibre cables. One that crosses the Atlantic to New York nearly 6000km away and the other cable that crosses the channel to France in Brittany.

Built by Cornwall-based Mowlem Building the project won the 2002 CPRE RIBA Cornwall Architecture Award, with the judges praising the way in which the large high-tech complex had been integrated into the AONB landscape.

This is a credit to the teamwork of all involved, including the local planning authority who backed this bold design

Andrew Williams, Project Architect
FLAG British Submarine Cable Terminal
  • RIBA CPRE Cornwall Architecture Award 2002 Overall Winner