13 Dec 2013

The Forum Southend-on-Sea wins design award

ADP is delighted to announce that the recently completed landmark building, The Forum, has won Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Design Award for excellence in local development.

The Forum development is a unique three-way client share between Southend Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College, who have worked together and jointly funded the new £27 million building. Students and the wider community are now enjoying a modern academic and municipal library, learning facilities, an arts venue, a café and a new public square. As well as shared use of the library, the University and the College have acquired new research and education facilities including a lecture theatre, teaching areas, seminar rooms and offices.

The Forum is one of several major sustainable regeneration projects in Southend-on-Sea designed to unlock the town’s potential. Located on the site of a former public car park on Elmer Avenue, the building has vastly improved the urban realm and rejuvenated a run-down part of the town.

Already the building and its new public square are attracting local residents, students and staff, extending the public realm beyond the High Street into a new and exciting public space and community resource.

ADP Chair, Roger FitzGerald said: "This is an innovative collaboration by a number of client organisations, which make this a deceptively complex building.  We have worked hard to reconcile the diversity into a single, unified building that is contextual, sustainable, exciting to use, and adaptable to future change."