Competition Winning Design for a 21st Century Pier
The demographics and industries of England’s coastal resorts are united through social deprivation, high unemployment and an unbalanced ratio of young and old residents.
The cultural event space would attract new visitors to the town whilst helping to connect the town to its rural hinterland. The new pier is an event space that is used as a way of reinforcing local traditions and history. A source of sustainable local employment including staff for events, caterers, performers, set manufacturers and sound and stage engineers. On its own the event space will primarily help tourism-driven industries.
The Education Centre is a satellite department for a nearby university, with a focus on local issues, needs or concerns. The subjects taught and researched may have a social focus, health care, education and tourism. The emphasis on environment issues: marine biology, coastal erosion and climate change.
In parallel to the profound and effective public education facility, the pier combines academic study with an excellent visitor attraction. Results from the Education Centre’s research and study provide on-site exhibits and programmes designed to attract and inform visitors of all ages and abilities throughout the year.
The economic effect of the pier attracts younger people and academics to coastal towns. This inward migration of younger people counteracts the effects of an ageing population whilst also helping to create diverse job opportunities for local people, more investment possibilities and new economies.
Collaborators: Christine Heil; XCO2