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An American architect has seen off more than 70 challengers to win an international design competition for a new boathouse and restaurant on the Lincolnshire coast.

Robert Cody, of New York-based firm Amoia Cody Architects, was victorious with this scheme which will be built on the beachfront at Chapel St Leonards.

The boathouse contest is one of a series of competitions being run under the Bathing Beauties banner - a project conceived by artist Michael Trainor to create 'dramatic and beautiful new seaside architecture' along a forgotten 10-mile stretch of coastline south of Mablethorpe.

Cody, who bagged £3,500 for his winning design, described the proposals 'as an extension from the landscape- offering a fluid experience from the footpath to the beach.'

Titled Architectural Lines in The Sand, the new building will have a 'curved' boathouse with direct access to the beach above, with a terrace and restaurant which can be either enclosed or left open to Lincolnshire's famous 'bracing' sea air.

At the top of the proposed ramp will be a dune-viewing or birdwatching platform.

The competition-winning scheme was chosen narrowly ahead of designs from Paul Jones and Ceri Green who worked on their entry with students from Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The contest was run alongside another popular competition to design the next generation of beach huts.

Details of all four winning schemes can be revealed on www.ajplus.co.uk tomorrow.

by Richard Waite

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