The Huts Eastbourne

Sponsor: Eastbourne Borough Council

Type: RFQ, three stage

Location: Eastbourne, UK

Languages: English

Registration Deadline: 9 October 2015

Design Challenge: The Huts – Eastbourne is an exciting new initiative from Eastbourne Borough Council that invites submissions to their competition to find iconic designs for bespoke beach huts to be sited at intervals along the front in Devonshire Ward.

The outcome from the competition will be to build up to four bespoke designed iconic huts which will be sited at key locations in Devonshire ward, to the east of the pier, forming part of the bicycle route of the Coastal Culture Trail linking three award winning galleries: Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. The beach huts will be key landmarks along the seafront, harnessing the resurgence of interest in coastal communities, attracting new
visitors to Eastbourne and becoming symbols of Eastbourne; matching high quality design, visual flair and function.
The local community are to be involved as much as possible in the competition itself. Therefore, in addition to inviting submissions from practising, registered architects, there is a separate category for community members to work with the project’s consultant architect, and submit designs for a fifth, community arts project hut. This ensures that the local community is fully invested in the scheme in accordance with the findings of an urban design study undertaken in 2013, which resulted in Driving Devonshire Forward (DDF)

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