Southend Pier Design Competition

Sponsor: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, The Landscape Institute, RIBA

Type: open, 2-stage

Language: English

Design teams or practices must include landscape architects, an architect and a structural engineer. The architect and engineer must have experience of similar projects. A track record of sea-side/water side projects will be an advantage.

A fee of £4,000 plus reasonable expenses will be paid to each of the four designers who are invited to submit proposals.

A prize of £6,000 will be awarded to the designer selected by the judging panel in recognition of the quality, appropriateness and originality of the design presented.

The winning team will be appointed to undertake the work.

15 June 2009 – deadline for expressions of interest
22 June 2009 – announcement of shortlist
29 June 2009 – site visits
21 August 2009 – deadline for Stage 2
31 August 2009 – announcement of winner

The short listed design practices will be invited to present their proposals to the Judging panel which will represent Southend Borough Council and representatives of the Council’s cultural partners along with a chartered landscape architect nominated by the Landscape Institute. Notes of the judging event will be taken by a representative of the Landscape Institute who will lead the competition on behalf of Southend Borough Council.

Design Challenge:
The desire is for the Pier to be visited in greater numbers. This brief is for a design competition to bring renewed vigor to the Pier Head. In conjunction with this, the Council aims to reinvigorate the Pier entrance and the shore- end platform but it is the Pier Head that is to be the focus at this stage; a must-see destination for all visitors to the town. The aim of this ambitious program of work is to once again link the Pier and town in people’s thoughts and actions.

The area for development is a sea-side environment and all design solutions should be capable of withstanding the worst of the weather, capable of being used and visited throughout the year.

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