Bournemouth Pier Approach is a key public space at the seafront in Bournemouth, which is a key tourist destination. It is used by many people every day and at various times during the year festivals are held on this site including for example the Wheels Festival and the Air Show, where several 100,000 people can attend over a weekend. The seafront operations generate essential revenue streams for the Council. The open space therefore had to be adaptable and open, providing sufficient amenity and a high quality environment in both scenarios – day to day use and high impact use.
The client brief was to create an adaptable, functional, high quality and world-class environment. This was achieved for example by detailed consideration of access and levels, provision of large open areas, integration of seating into landscape features, ability to completely drain and turn off the water feature for large events, use of hard wearing and durable materials with a high quality finish, and incorporation of discrete art features. The often harsh and saline environment including sand blowing off the beach was a key consideration in the design process.
Pier Approach is one of the first sites to benefit from the detailed plans of the Seafront Strategy – an ambitious 20-year strategy to develop a world-class seafront for Bournemouth. The Seafront Strategy identifies opportunities to introduce better facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy, and help to secure and grow Bournemouth’s £462M tourist sector, which currently employs over 11,000 people.
CEC Ltd and team delivered former Stage E to L services for this project having won the formal tender process for that work, after the initial concept designs were produced by Gillespies.
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CEC Ltd (Cornwall Environmental Consultants)
Bournemouth Borough Council
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0.45ha / 4500sqm
The redevelopment will create a world-class high quality public space that transforms Pier Approach into a visitor attraction, virtually reconnects the Lower Gardens and Bourne Stream to the sea over Pier Approach using landscaping and water play features and links to the history and geology of the area.
Lead Consultant and Landscape Architects: CEC Ltd
Supporting Landscape Architect / Art: MeiLoci
Engineering (structural, civil, M&E): Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Architect: Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole (PBWC)
Lighting Designer: Michael Grubb Studio
Water Feature Designer: Ustigate
Project Management: Mouchel
Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
Bournemouth Borough Council
Council revenue generated from seafront operations â€“ the project is forecast to increase the revenue stream
Surfacing: Chinese granite, re-enforced concrete with aggregates (with buff, light grey / white and blue glass aggregates to create the water feature area and former Bourne Stream route including blue glass rivulets)Islands: Precast concreteWalls: Precast concrete for stepped planter, in-situ concrete for shelter surround walls with a render system appliedShelter structures: Steel frame with Thermowood ceilings, closed shelter with glazing systemFurniture: Kebony timber seating, mirror polished stainless steel railing, stainless steel inlays in concrete areasLighting: bespoke timber / metal columns controlled by DMX system, and including Gobo projectorsWater feature: Various jets with uplighters and plantroom installation to ensure highest quality water standards at all times along with high play value and minimised water loss
Urbis Schreder / Aquila for lighting columns
Locally appropriate planting with sub-tropical elements aligned to sea-side conditions and designed with input from Bournemouth Parks Team to ensure they were happy with plant choices and arrangements in terms of establishment and ongoing maintenance. Includes for example Chamaerops, Cordylines, Agave, various grasses, Salvia, Lavandula, Osmanthus, Agapanthus, Echinops, Achillea.
The water quality plant complies with current Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) standards and Ustigate designers are unique within the water play industry by providing the robust Water Quality Management System required for the Children’s Splashpad designs. The water feature is a fully circulated system.
Principal Contractor was Willmott Dixon Construction. Key sub-contractors included Raymond Brown (groundworks and granite surfacing), Lazenby (concrete surfacing), Amber Precast (wall elements and islands), Weldrite (steel frame), Ustigate (water feature, design and build element) and LSC (glazing system).