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Nex and Dan Brill among finalists for Littlehampton seafront stage

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AJ Small Projects Sustainability Award-winner NEX architecture and up-and-coming outfit Dan Brill have been named on a six-strong shortlist to design a seafront shelter and performance space in Littlehampton

The two studios are competing against Asif Khan, BFLS, McChesney Architects and Berlin-based architects KWY to design the 400m² structure.

Competition organiser Littlehampton Town Council has put aside £40,000 for the pavilion which must be low maintenance and built from vandalism resistant materials.

The building will serve as a performance space for bands, dance groups, singers and weddings. It is also expected to provide shelter for beachfront visitors.

The winning scheme will be built in Littlehampton’s 1,250m² Greensward park (pictured) which was previously home to a windmill and bandstand.

In 2010 Studio Weave completed a 324 metre-long bench for the West Sussex resort town.

Heatherwick Studio’s East Beach Café opened in Littlehampton five years ago. Asif Khan completed the West Beach Café the following year.

Earlier this year NEX architecture won the AJ’s Small Projects Sustainability Award, worth £750, for its Times Eureka Pavilion in Richmond, Surrey.

The full shortlist

1.       Asif Khan with Millimetre and Packman Lucas
2.       McChesney Architects with Millimetre
3.       Dan Brill Architect with Millimetre, Built Engineers, Wolfson Unit and Currie & Brown
4.       BFLS Architects
5.       Nex Architects with Cowley Timberwork and AKT
6.       KWY with Littlehampton Welding and Arup

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