Tite and Ebdon design seaside shelters

London-based architects Michael Tite and Tom Ebdon are designing a series of seafront shelters for Sussex resort Bexhill-on-Sea.

The new structures, with a total construction value of around £220 000, will comprise four seaside shelters and a kiosk.

The scheme will form a flagship element of Rother District Council’s Next Wave Seafront Improvement Project, a wider £5m cultural regeneration programme that has received £1m from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s Sea Change programme.

The pair saw off a shortlist of ten taken from more than 140 anonymous entries. The designs are now awaiting approval from Rother District Council, and, if given the green light, they will be worked up over the coming months.

Niall McLaughlin, chairman of the jury panel, says, ‘The challenge here is to design shelters that keep out driving rain and gales on an exposed waterfront while creating a lively presence on the promenade.

‘The winning scheme allowed its form to emerge from the requirement for shelter, providing a beautiful scheme that is best captured with a lovely view from a sheltered seat out to horizon.’

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