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OVERVIEW

Southend Pier Pavilion

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has commissioned ADP to design a new pavilion for the Grade II listed Southend Pier; the longest pleasure pier in the world.

The vision is to create an economically sustainable visitor attraction that contributes to the town’s economy and regeneration, while providing employment and a resource for the local community.

Originally constructed in 1830 from timber, Southend Pier is an internationally recognised symbol of the town. The present iron pier was first opened in 1889 and has survived fires, boat crashes and both World Wars, as well as evolving to meet the trends of the passing decades.

Located at the shore head of the 1.34 mile Victorian pier, the site of the new pavilion will be the wide, open deck that formerly housed a bowling alley before being devastated by fire in 1995. The new pavilion will provide a year-around, all weather facility with high quality retail and restaurant outlets, and exhibition space, to create a compelling cultural offer for visitors and encourage them to stay longer in the town.

Flexible education space is also proposed for local interest groups. The concept for the pavilion has been designed to complement the rich heritage of the pier whilst capturing views in all directions across the Thames Estuary.

Proposals also include a unified lighting design and illuminations scheme. Located in a RAMSAR and a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ designated area, the design will also ensure the protection of the unique maritime habitat, with materials robust enough to withstand the elements in a coastal environment.

The regeneration of the pier will help ensure its long-term survival, and will support Southend-on-Sea’s ambition to become the cultural hub of the Essex Thames Gateway. 


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DETAILS

CLIENT:

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

LOCATION:

Southend-on-Sea

STUDIO:

London

TYPE:

New Build
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VALUE:

£6.3m

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STATUS:

Planning

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