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Longest bench in Britain comes to Littlehampton

The seaside town of Littlehampton can now add what claims to be ‘the longest bench in Britain’ to its list of attractions

The promenade-side bench, designed by Studio Weave, is the result of a project initiated by mother-and-daughter team Sophie and Jane Wood, the pair behind the nearby Thomas Heatherwick-designed East Beach cafe.

At 324 metres long and with seating for over 300 adults the seating is the longest bench in Britain. This measurement is taken following all the curves through the shelters which each house approximately 83 metres of bench.

Should the title be threatened, the promenade site and design allows the landmark bench to keep growing up to over 621 metres, seating over 800 adults.

As part of the project’s funding, individuals could ‘buy’ slats on the bench, with a special message engraved onto them.

The bench has been four year’s in the making, with Studio Weave’s husband-and-wife team of Je Ahn and Maria Smith and making their first visit to the site on their first wedding anniversary and the final site visit on their fifth.

Client: Arun District Council
Project Initiators: Jane Wood and Sophie Murray
Designers: Studio Weave
Structural Engineers: Adams Kara Taylor
Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors: Jackson Coles
Main Contractors: Millimetre Ltd of Brighton

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