In response to the brief issued in June 2008, we proposed a set of integrated ideas to re-connect the shore road, the beach and the town centre, all aimed at effecting a dramatic change in the perception and reality of a day at Redcar Beach.
A key part of our proposal was the 'spine', extending from the eastern end of the central activity area to a new square at the west end of the esplanade. It was designed to create a new signature structure on the esplanade and accommodate several key functions including lighting, seating and shelter along the esplanade walk, toilets and rentable beach-huts in the summer months.
Another central part of our proposal was a new multi-function enterprise building to act as a focal point along the esplanade. Easily accessible from town, esplanade and beach it would be the point of arrival and orientation for visitors as well as a place to have a coffee and go to the loo!
The building was to be a flexible exhibition and performance space and our drawings showed it set up with a temporary tent structure over the new square to form a summer auditorium.
By means of a short length of road closure we suggested creation of some new, traffic-free public realm around the enterprise building to extend the flexibility of the building itself and to host an outdoor performance and events space, seating and soft landscaping.
We suggested sculptures out into the sea at measured distances so you could stand on the new esplanade and measure visibility in the fog!
Our scheme also included new physical and visual connections from the High Street to the esplanade, new traffic controls to allow better and safer pedestrian use of the esplanade and a new 'park-and-ride' facility on the esplanade.
Our entry was one of three shortlisted finalists.