Young London architects Michael Tite and Tom Ebdon have won the competition for the design of a new series of seafront structures for the seaside resort of Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex.
Tite & Ebdon's design, one of ten shortlisted from over 140 anonymous entries, was praised by the jury on both an aesthetic and functional level. The intimate 'Y' shaped seating plan of the shelter echoes the warmth of nestling in behind a windbreak whilst allowing people to people to enjoy the views from all directions.
Chair of the Jury Panel Niall McLaughlin said: 'The challenge here is to design shelters that keep out driving rain and gales on an exposed waterfront while creating a lively presence on the promenade. The winning scheme allowed its form to emerge from the requirement for shelter, providing a beautiful scheme that is best captured with a lovely view from a sheltered seat out to the horizon'.
The new structures, with a total construction value of around £220,000, will comprise four seafront shelters and a kiosk, and will be a flagship element of the Council's Next Wave Seafront Improvement Project, a wider £5 million cultural regeneration programme that has received £1 million of funding from CABE under the SeaChange Programme.
The scheme is now awaiting approval from Rother District Council, the client, to commission and take forward the designs. If commissioned, Michael Tite and Tom Ebdon will work closely over the coming months with the client group to refine and work up the detail of their design concepts.
|Category||Project Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result|
|Type||International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous|
|RegDeadline||12 August 2009 GoogleCal iCal|
|12 August 2009 (Must be Received)|
|Eligibility||Qualified Architects, Students of architecture and other design disciplines may only enter the competition as part of a team that includes a fully qualified architect.|
Cllr Christopher Starnes, Elected Member, Rother District Council, Next Wave Project Sponsor
Cllr Frances Winterborn, Elected Member, Rother District Council
Cllr Michael Ensor, Elected Member, Rother District Council
Niall McLaughlin, Architect (operating as RIBA Architectural Advisor)
Sarah Gaventa, Director, CABE Space
Alan Haydon, Director, De Le Warr Pavilion
Tony Leonard, Director of Services, Rother District Council
Diane Russell, Design & Conservation Officer, RDC
Jan Windle, Next Wave Project Officer, RDC
Linda Roberts, RIBA Competition Office (Observer)
Shortlisted competitors will each receive an equal honorarium of GBP £1000
the winning Architect(s) will receive the contract(s) to design and deliver their winning scheme(s) for the fixed fee:
- £16,000 for the four shelter and £6,000 for the kiosk
- £22,000 for the combind project
Entries - Stage 1
maximum of 2 no. A3 lightweight boards, etc.
RIBA Competitions Office,
6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS
T : ++44 (0) 113 2341335
Stage 2 invitations: Friday 4th September 2009
Stage 2 Submissions: Wednesday 21st October 2009
Stage 2 Presentation / Interview: w/c 16th November
Announcement of Result: December 2009
Rother District Council