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Bexhill

  • client
  • Rother District Council
  • contract value
  • £200,000
  • date
  • 2009
  • sector
  • Leisure, Urban Design
  • Location
  • Bexhill-on-Sea
  • contact
  • Neil Davies

A series of pavilions are proposed to slow the pedestrian flow along Bexhill's seafront promenade making people stop, pause, and contemplate. The shelter’s designs draw influence from the existing seafront context, Bexhill’s historic attitude to contemporary architecture and the horizontality of the seafront promenade.

Each pavilion comprises two steel framed canopy structures that are seemingly ‘peeled’ up from the existing paving. The area remaining is proposed to be occupied by soft landscaping to enhance the seafront environment. The new garden areas may become key sites for the annual 'Bexhill in Bloom' event with the shelters acting as event pavilions.

The dominant refined concrete clad canopy structure provides shelter from the rain and its curved wall from prevailing westerly winds. Off-site manufacture of pre-fabricated frames is utilised for rapid deployment on site. Durable skins provide robust finishes and reduce future maintenance costs. External materials are restricted to durable concrete and high pressure laminates.