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21st-century pier designs sought to bring seaside architecture up to date

A competition has been launched calling for workable designs for the 21st-century seaside pier.

Set up by the British Urban Regeneration Association's (BURA) Seaside Network, the competition is looking at the possibility of seaside piers acting as 'exemplar structures, applying canny design to capture wind and sea power', rather than the 'decaying symbols' currently littering the coast.

The competition has been split into two categories: a professional category, open to architects, engineers and planners; and a non-professional category open to students and the public.

The BURA said: 'We want to generate innovative and feasible ideas for modern piers. The competition is non-specific to a place, we want ideas for 'Generic-on-Sea', an average seaside town.

'The submissions in both categories will be judged on imaginative uses for the pier and how they can be environmentally sustainable and aesthetically meretricious.'

Applicants should submit a 2,000-word summary of their idea along with sketches and drawings, which will then be judged by a panel selected from the environmental, engineering and business sectors.

The winner of the professional category will have the opportunity to present the idea at the BURA Seaside Network Conference, while the winner of the non-professional category will receive £1,000.

Submissions should be sent to Jessica Courtney Bennett, Pier Competition, BURA, 63-66 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8LE by midnight on Friday 29 June.

Please send five copies of your submission. All accompanying sketches should be on A4 paper and remember to include a copy of your summarised CV or biography. Please direct any queries to

by Richard Vaughan

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