Littlehampton Seafront is set to get a superb new ‘Stage By The Sea’
The project managed and organised by Littlehampton’s Town Council with has already generated lots of interest (and some controversy!) in the world of Architecture, where a number of leading design companies entered competing entries to come up with a suitable design.
I think the design is superb and its dual functionality as a Seafront Shelter come Stage By the Sea is wonderful and will hopefully satisfy many of the critics of the recently installed Littlehampton Seafront Shelters which have generated lots of complaints from those saying they offer no protection from the weather and their construction a waste of money.
My memory of the original Littlehampton Seafront Shelters (sorry no picture available at this time), was that they were unattractive, utilitarian and continually smelt of stale urine, vomit and excrement and were home to all sorts of anti-social behavior. Therefore, I have always been surprised when some write letters in our local paper, the Littlehampton Gazette remembering them with the fondness that one would normally reserve for a dear-departed grandparent or favourite aunt.
On the other hand, the Seafront Shelters designed by Studio Weave (pictured below) are bold and attractive and have many admirers and fans, myself included, who can see the brilliance of incorporating Littlehampton’s Longest Bench, withing their quirky structures.
Undoubtedly innovative projects such as Littlehampton’s Longest Bench, Seafront Shelters and the proposed Littlehampton’s Stage by The Sea are bringing about a massive change how Littlehampton is viewed by visitors and residents alike.
It all began really with the demolition of an old and tired seafront cafe and the birth of a new and innovative, ground breaking architecture of the East Beach Cafe –
Commissioned by Entrepreneur, Jane Wood and her daughter Sophie the wonderful structure was designed by World Famous Architect Thomas Heatherwick . Who also designed the Cauldron for the 2012 London Olympics.
Above front view of the Cafe, below side view.
In December 2006, VOGUE Magazine named Littlehampton the coolest seaside resort in the country.