craft:pegg makes a splash
The practice beat BDP, Camlin Lonsdale and Scott Wilson to secure the £500,000 project. Co-founder John Pegg said: “We were keen to create a space that did not overwhelm the existing, stunning, context but worked with the sites best features and a strong new sense of place.
“The challenge was to create a place that worked at a variety of scales and was both playful and relevant to a range of users. The central mist fountain provides a seasonal focus and animation to the site, while the etched stone blocks provide permanent informal occupation of the site and a canvas for text and graphics that we will be developing through our design and consultation process.”
He added: “We are excited about the win and bringing the scheme to fruition over the next year. It’s a real boost that the Landscape Institute and CABE have been able to drive design quality up the agenda in such a proactive way.”
A panel comprising a cross-party group of Worthing councillors and representatives from the Landscape Institute, Worthing Arts Council, South East England Development Agency, CABE Space and Worthing’s Regeneration Programme Manager made the final decision.
Ian Turkington, chair of the panel, said: “The panel commended the careful selection of materials, which reflect the existing qualities of the foreshore, and felt that the rainbow mist fountains, lighting and grove of trees would enrich the experience of the space. We also like the way in which the tradition of a ‘speakers corner’ had been subtly integrated with other opportunities for public expression.”