Next Wave: Seafront Shelters and Kiosk Design Competition

Sponsor: Rother District Council

Type: open, international, 2-stage


Eligibility: individuals and teams of architects, engineers, artists or artisans

Registration fee:
£35 per submission

Each shortlisted competitor will receive £1,000.
The winning team will receive the contract to design and deliver the winning scheme for a fixed fee budget and program.

Should Rother District Council choose not proceed with the commission, the authors of the winning design will receive a total winners prize of £4,000.

12 August, 2009 – stage 1 submission deadline
4 September, 2009 – stage 2 invitations
21 October, 2009 – stage 2 submission deadline
Early December, 2009 – results announced


Members of Rother District Council
Niall McLaughlin, Architect
Sarah Gaventa, Director of CABE Space
Alan Haydon, Director of De Le Warr Pavilion
Tony Leonard, Director of Serivces, Rother District Council
Diane Russell, Design & Conservation Officer
Jan Windle, Next Wave Project Officer
Linda Roberts, RIBA Competition Office (Observer)

Design Challenge:
Rother District Council wishes to commission a new series of seafront structures for the seaside resort of Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex. The structures, comprising 4 seafront shelters and a kiosk, are to be designed to a construction budget of £40,000 per shelter and £60,000 for the kiosk, and are a flagship element of the Council’s Next Wave Seafront Improvement project, a £5 million cultural regeneration program.

A high quality design solution for the new seafront shelters and kiosks will help deliver the regenerative and place-making objectives of the Next Wave project, creating architecture which will add to the experience of visiting Bexhill’s seafront for visitors and local residents alike.

Submission Requirements:
Entrants may choose to submit designs for the following:
-1 design for all structures, adapted to suit the specific brief requirements for the shelters and for the kiosk
-1 design for the shelters and a separate design for the kiosk
-a series of designs for the shelters, each being a ‘variation on a theme’, and a separate design for the kiosk
Entrants will be expected to explain in their submission their design approach. The total submission must not exceed 2 A3 boards, regardless of approach taken.

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