Eight competing proposals for a series of £10,000 ‘bold and imaginative’ beach huts in Eastbourne have been unveiled
Bissett Adams, ZAP Architecture and Jak Studio are among the teams chosen to compete in the final round of the Eastbourne Borough Council-organised competition.
George King Architects, Calder Peel, Dublin-based SFA Architects, Periscope, and Alpa Depani with James Marrinan complete the shortlist.
The full shortlist
- Bissett Adams: Pipe Dreams
- ZAP Architecture: The Observatory
- SFA Architects: What Unearthed?
- Jak Studio: Spyglass
- Alpa Depani and James Marrinan: The Shingle Hut
- Periscope: The Driftwood Hut
- George King Architects: Star Gazers’ Hut
- Calder Peel: Eastbourne Reborn
Planned to complete in December 2016, the project will deliver four ‘bold and imaginative’ beach huts east of the coastal town’s historic pier which partially burnt down in 2014.
Local artist Lucy Dean, a team of students from Sussex Downs College and a group entry from Age Concern have also been shortlisted for a fifth hut in a separate contest only open to the local community.
Project manager Christine Harmar Brown commented: ‘The process of selection for the competition shortlist has been a challenge due to the sheer quality of submissions. All of those on the list have come up with fantastic designs. We have real innovation along with aesthetic impact and practical application.
‘Now comes the really hard bit for us to narrow it down to the actual commissions but we know that whichever ones are chosen, they will be worthy winners and will have a hugely beneficial effect on the Devonshire Ward of Eastbourne. Watch this space.’
The East Sussex settlement is currently home to around 87 huts and 69 chalets spread across six locations west of the pier.
The new structures are part of a new cycle route connecting Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery with the Grade I-listed Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and HAT Projects’ £4 million Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.
Judges include sculptor Alex Chinneck and the council’s head of tourism Annie Wills.
The winners will be announced in April.