Work begins on Littlehampton’s Stage by The Sea

Winning Design for Littlehampton's Stage By The Sea

Winning Design for Littlehampton’s Stage By The Sea

Good news for Pier Road and Littlehampton’s seafront as the work to create Littlehampton’s Stage by the Sea gets underway.

The project was due to begin earlier in the year, suffered what Littlehampton Town Council described as ‘unavoidable delays’, but is now underway.

The innovative structure is being created where the original Littlehampton Band Stand used to be just above the Bango Road Car Park.

Earlier this week, (1st October 2013) the bulldozers moved in and cleared the original site which had been a quiet picturesque garden. Only lady I spoke to described it as ‘vandalism’, she said. ‘I don’t know what the council is doing,’ she said. ‘We have this monstrosity (pointing to the East Beach Cafe), then this (pointing to the longest bench) and now this..’

Often in Littlehampton it’s difficult to find a fan of the recent seafront structures – the East Beach Cafe, the World’s Longest Bench and the new seafront shelters, but I must admit to being a fan.

I love them all and can’t wait to see the new Stage by the Sea completed.

Stage by the Sea siteThe site where Littlehampton’s Stage by the Sea is being created.

The project, funded and managed by Littlehampton Town Council is in part response to demands by locals for a bandstand to be re-instated. The Stage by the Sea is a modern take on the old band stand and this exciting building when completed will also act as a seafront shelter, and apparently be so low on one side that you can walk over it.

Cue the skateboarders, rollerbladders and the Littlehampton’s Gazettes prolific letter writers who I can imagine will out in force objecting to what will be seen in their view as yet another ‘modern eyesore with health and safety risks.’

Yet it’s good to see that Littlehampton is forging ahead with some bold and innovative projects such as this. There’s no doubt that Littlehampton seafront provides an excellent location for concerts and events and with this new stage, we can really forge ahead in attracting some exciting events.

Stage by the Sea Littlehampton Sea frontLittlehampton Town Council’s Site Notice giving a useful update on the project.

It’s expected to be finished by November and operational by the New Year.

Stage by the Sea LittlehamptonThe site being prepared to build Littlehampton seafront’s latest attraction  – Stage by the Sea.

Littlehampton Arts Week

Littlehampton Arts Week starts this weekend.

Saturday July 20th – July 27th.

With a full programme of events, Littlehampton Arts Week is set to be a popular event.

Download the Littlehampton Arts Week Arts_Festival_190477940

Littlehampton Arts Week.20-27 July

Littlehampton’s Stage By The Sea

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.

Winning Design for Littlehampton’s Stage By The Sea

The winning Design created by leading London award-winning Architects, BFLS   can be viewed by opening this Link – Options BFLS(1)

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.

Studio Weave’s Littlehampton’s Longest bench/seafront shelter

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.

East Beach Cafe Littlehampton

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.