[Images of all finalists] Liverpool-based K2 Architects has won the contest to design a new Watersports Hotspot at Colwyn, North Wales
The practice beat five other finalists including dRMM, Sarah Wigglesworth, Arca, Letts Wheeler and Seven. All six shortlisted firms took part in a public consultation and council led evaluation process.
The new building, intended to create a ‘much-needed event’ on the Colwyn Bay waterfront, will provide space for watersports enthusiasts, as well as the locals.
A ‘weather park’ on the roof of the victorious scheme will provide a cafe and other amenities for the community.
Kevin Horton, architect at K2, said: ‘The coastal economy has a unique temporality to it, so we needed something that could adapt to cope with changes in tastes, fashions and local economies.’
Dilwyn Roberts, council leader added: ‘I’d like to thank all the design companies that took part in the competition, the standard was very high. I’m delighted to congratulate K2 on their success and look forward to working with them to make a bright, attractive and interesting seafront for Colwyn Bay.’
The Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government with match funding provided by the European Regional Development Fund.