Southend's iconic pier, which for more than 150 years has helped define the seaside town was badly damaged in 2005 when a fire destroyed the Pier Head. Southend Council is holding the competition to choose a design for the Pier Head that will reinvigorate it as well as the town, making it a source of pride to residents and an attraction to tourists.
Five teams have been selected to come up with concept designs to create a world-class public space at the end of the Pier whittled down from 74 expressions of Interest after the judging day last week.
Tom Lonsdale, chair of the judging panel, said: “I was hugely impressed by the number and quality of the expressions of interest received, which made shortlisting a very difficult but enjoyable process. We had enough high-quality material to populate the shortlist several times over, but the panel was satisfied that the teams finally selected showed exceptional flair and sympathy for the unique opportunity, with an exciting array of diversity of team structures and geographical spread.”
It is planned that a final appointment will be made in early September.
Four landscape architects have been shortlisted to compete for the £500,000 Splash Point cultural makeover contract in Worthing. The competition, run by the Landscape Institute was launched in May to find a designer the arts, cultural and meeting space which will see the revival of the original speakers’ corner, new seating, lighting and an informal performance area.
From 19 entrants, four have been shortlisted: BDP, Camlin Lonsdale, Craft Pegg and Scott Wilson.
Each practice will be awarded £4,000 to help them develop their briefs ahead of a public exhibition from 24 August tbefore the final judging on 4 September.
The investment in Splash Point is a result of the Programme Team’s successful bid for funding from the CABE Sea Change programme.