A team led by landscape architects Smeeden Foreman has won the international competition to redesign Redcar seafront.
Working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, the Harrogate-based practice has drawn up proposals that include a 24m-tall ‘vertical pier’. The tower will be the centre point of a new performance space with a 360 degree viewing platform and will be a resource for the tourist and creative industries.
The £30m scheme will strengthen the town’s protection from flooding and erosion, while also creating a new promenade of linked public spaces that will incorporate water cascades, sunshine traps, performance space and sheltered seating.
Kate Curtis, an associate at Smeeden Foreman, said: “From the industrial landscape to the north to the steady flow of ships on the horizon and the beautiful expanse of sand, Redcar offers a rich seaside experience. Our inspiration came from all of these factors and we also used the different elements of the beach such as the water, sand and rocks to shape the design.
Detailed designs for the project will be developed over the next six months, with construction expected to begin in summer 2010, once funding has been approved.