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Hastings seeks seafront masterplanner

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Hastings Borough Council is seeking a consultant to remasterplan the town’s 3ha White Rock area

The winner of the £40,000 contract will draw up a ‘dynamic and deliverable’ vision for the seafront town-centre district, which is home to the Art Deco White Rock Theatre.

According to the brief: ‘White Rock occupies a strategic position on the seafront and adjoins the town centre, it is the last big site to be developed in the centre of town.

‘White Rock has massive potential for development, that could have a transformational impact on the town’s cultural, leisure and visitor economy.’

Buildings on the site – mostly owned by the local authority – include a leisure centre, tennis courts, bowls club, play centre, a fire station, police station, hotel and the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.

The brief suggests that improvements could include an enhanced performance space, new high-quality housing, upgraded leisure facilities and retail opportunities.

Existing public service buildings could also be reconfigured, along with an overhaul of transport and parking overhaul arrangements.

Nearby landmarks include the disused Observer Building and Rock House, which have been recently converted for cultural ‘meanwhile’ uses ahead of planned regeneration.

Last month dRMM completed a £14 million competition-winning upgrade of Hastings Pier – which burnt down six years ago – immediately opposite the White Rock Theatre.

Other cultural attractions in the formerly depressed but now up-and-coming coastal town include HAT Projects’ Jerwood Gallery and the waterfront Stade open space by Tim Ronalds Architects.

The deadline for applications is 27 May.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Cathy Nelson
Hastings Borough Council
Breeds Place
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 3UY

Tel: 01323 443347
Email: cathy.nelson@wealden.gov.uk

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