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Quixotic reveals £1 million St Leornards Lido revamp proposals

Quixotic Architecture has released proposals to convert Hastings and St Leonards 1930s lido into a new leisure facility using shipping containers

The practice, which has offices in Brighton and Croatia, claim the £1 million project would minimise ‘expensive groundworks’ and allow super-fast assembly on the site of the Sidney Little-designed bathing pool..

The scheme will include a restaurant and bar together with watersports and cycling facilities.

A spokesman for the project commented , “We want first and foremost to create a real asset for the local area for people to come and enjoy

The proposed viewing tower has been described as ‘an homage to the spectacular diving platform of the original bathing pool’.

A planning application is due to be submitted next month and project backers, West Marina Lido which has signed a five year-lease with Hastings Borough Council to regenerate the area, hopes the proejct will complete by summer 2012.

The architect’s view - Wojciech Dziubek

The initial concept to use the containers for this project is to have a minimal impact regarding ground works and construction time. We are working with Bullmans Marine Supplies & Containers who will prepare all the modifications [to e containers] at their workshops. Pretty much all the units will be delivered to site and assembled in ‘no time’. We want our containers to be striped off any paint to bear metal so they will look kind of like American airstream camper vans

Our design incorporates bespoke garage-type glass doors. We thought about the best solution for accessing the containers and therefore the most favourable opening systems, hence we proposed the ‘garage door’ system which can be glazed. Each container can be also be entered naturally through ‘origina’l doors. Glazed garage doors are divided in to four equal segments along the side of the container and also are divided into five horizontal panels.

When closed they will resemble the glazing at the De La Warr pavilion. The glass modules will reflect the look of the original container metal walls. The tower floor panel which stands upright towards the sea will keep the original container construction however metal floor is going to be replaced by glass. 

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Project data

Architects: Quixotic Architecture
Location: West end of St Leonards-on-Sea, Seafront between Seaside Road and Grosvenor Gardens, East Sussex
Type Of Project: Leisure Complex
Structural Engineers: tbc
Project Architect: Wojciech Dziubek
Design Team: Iain Exley, Maciej Wierzbinski & Wojciech Dziubek
Client: West Marina Lido/ Hastings Borough Council 
Funding: Private & HBO 
Tender date: February 2012 / tbc
Start on site date: March 2012 / tbc
Contract duration: tbc / completion summer 2012
Gross internal floor area: 650m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Intermediate Building Contract (IC)
Total cost: £1,000,000 
M&e consultant: Bob Costello Associates / tbc
Lighting consultant: Modular Lighting Instruments / tbc
Main contractor: Bullman Marine Supplies & Containers
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Pilkington, Hormann, Modular Lighting Instruments
Annual co2 emissions: tbc

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