Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> >>> architecture competition to re-imagine Port Royal >>> winning design chosen >>>further reports

Streetlife has been talking about the winning entry to 're-imagine' Port Royal - and how it's all connected to the ongoing Neighbourhood Plan:
Streetlife | Have your say?

The Herald covered the story over the weekend:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> architecture competition to re-imagine Port Royal >>> winning design chosen

And today, the View from Sidmouth had the winner on its front page:

Pier wins Sidmouth design competition

THE people of Sidmouth have spoken and chosen what they would like to see happen to the Port Royal area of the Seafront – an area in desperate need of regeneration.

The idea of the architecture competition was not to choose a design to proceed with, but to find an example of the style and tone that they would like to see and feed that into any future regeneration.
The winning design was The Pier’ by Turner Architects in London (pictured).
More than 320 people cast their votes at Kennaway House and Paragon Books and chose from a shortlist of five possible ideas.
East Devon District Councillor Cathy Gardner who sat on the jury that decided the five design shortlist said: “We’re very pleased with the number of votes cast and the thought that people put into their comments. Many people noted that there were ideas in several concepts that they liked.”
Some clear themes emerged from remarks made from the public during the consultation and Cllr Gardner has grouped them as follows:
  • Protection: for the town and Pennington Point. People are obviously very aware and concerned about the need to address erosion and reduce the threat of flooding for the town from the sea and river.
  • Fitting and special: Many comments welcomed new approaches to design, but definitely favoured things that were low-rise and made the most of our fishing history and sea-side position. There were many remarks supporting something that was unique: to enhance Sidmouth rather than making it like anywhere else.
  • Holistic: ideas that link the whole area together and to the town centre and the Byes were popular, rather than addressing only one building or area
  • Something for everyone: all ages but especially children; residents and visitors. A sea pool was popular for children as were facilities for making the most of the sea and improving access to it.
  • Economic benefits for the town: for example, sea-facing restaurants and cafes to increase visitors to the sea front in the evenings as well as during the day.
  • Flexibility: open air or covered space suitable for a variety of uses year-round was mentioned as desirable by many.
Cllr Gardner assed: “I hope these themes are also picked up in during the Neighbourhood Plan process and I encourage everyone to make sure they contribute to this. There will be more consultation around the development of eastern town, now that EDDC and Sidmouth Town Council have started the redevelopment project. If you have a view on how the area should develop, and what you don’t want to see, please contribute whenever you have a chance, don’t leave it until it’s too late to influence what is developed. This competition was about stimulating debate and interest, I think it has achieved that. Thank you to everyone who took part.”

Pier wins Sidmouth design competition

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