A groundbreaking ceremony has marked the starts of work on Next Wave, an HTA-designed scheme to transform the seafront of Bexhill-on-Sea

The Metropole Lawn element of HTA's design
The Metropole Lawn element of HTA's design

HTA is lead consultant, architect, urban designer and landscape designer on the project, backed by a £1 million Sea Change grant from CABE, that will regenerate Bexhill on Sea’s west promenade and the area surrounding the grade I-listed De La Warr pavilion, the town’s modernist landmark.

HTA is leading the core team comprising HTA Landscape Design, Stanton Williams as architects, Ian Sayer and Co providing cost management and Alan Baxter Associates as engineers.

Key elements of the design focus on physical changes to the landscape setting of the De La Warr Pavilion to improve its connectivity with both the seafront and the wider town, and to create spaces for “outdoor rooms”.

The Promenade and links to the seafront will see improvements to the quality of West Parade, with a new landscape and public realm treatment, and a new series of seafront shelters. The restoration and re-development of the Colonnade is designed to create a hub of activity on the seafront, providing a restaurant, other facilities and retail opportunities

To the rear of the promenade, the existing grass and paved areas will be developed to provide varied spaces, accommodating a range of uses and activities from small play areas for young children to sheltered gardens, open lawn areas and outdoor gyms.

To allow improved pedestrian connections from the De La Warr terrace to the promenade, a new set of “civic” steps will be constructed directly to the east of the new home for Bexhill Rowing Club. The new steps will be generous in proportion with a wide, open flight, generous “goings” on the steps, low risers and regular landings.

Marina Court Avenue will be maintained as a street allowing residents and visitors to park close to their houses and the seafront. The design proposal centres on re-paving the carriageway to create a shared surface that will give a more equal priority between pedestrians and vehicles.

The proposals for the Colonnade and Rowing Club were granted planning approval in late February 2010. Landscape works to the promenade are expected to commence in May 2010 with the Colonnade and Rowing Club construction phases following this in September 2010.

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