Redcar £30M Seafront Winners Announced

Following an international design competition, an ambitious seafront regeneration plan was unveiled on July 3, 2009 which will transform Redcar seafront and create the first-ever 80 ft ‘vertical pier’ on this stretch of coast.

The winning design team led by Harrogate-based landscape architects Smeeden Foreman working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, aims to bring characteristics of the beach up onto the promenade, using textures, colours, shapes and sights from the seafront in seating, paving and the ribbons of a wave ‘canopy’ stretching along the coastline.

The public of Redcar & Cleveland played a major part in the proposed design of the new seafront with two consultations taking place last year at which over 7,000 people gave their opinion on what they wanted to see on their seafront.  One of the consultations was specifically based on five shortlisted design concepts and the successful Smeeden Foreman team proposals were ranked highly on all criteria.

Timescales for the construction of the new promenade and vertical pier and the other plans are that a detailed design will be developed over the next six months with work expected to begin on site next summer, 2010, following the approval of the funding package.