Public Sand Sculpture Pavilion
Flanagan Lawrence won a competition in 2009 to design a pavilion for a sand sculptor on the seafront at Weymouth. The practice’s design responds sensitively to the town’s impressive Georgian esplanade, with its existing historic shelters, band stand, memorials and clock tower. The project’s distinctive form provides a focal point at the south-western end of the esplanade.
The existing Sand Sculpture structure on Weymouth Esplanade is of poor quality and contributes little either to the public realm or to the urban fabric. The sand from Weymouth beach is particularly fine, making it suitable for sculpting, and the current resident sculptor exhibits regularly at International competitions and exhibitions, notably the Jesolo International Sand Sculpture Festival in Italy. The new structure will therefore reinforce this long established cultural asset, encouraging local competitions and educational initiatives.
The sand sculptures will be on permanent display but when not in use, the stage area will be open to the Beach, creating a raised viewing platform over Weymouth Bay and the Jurassic Coast beyond.
The scheme will be designed to BREEAM excellence standards so far as is appropriate for a structure of this form. The design team are exploring the idea of a concrete shell, with Portland Stone in the aggregate mix, the surfaces honed to a polished finish, in order to achieve a structure sufficiently robust to withstand the climatic conditions in this maritime environment.
Client Weymouth Borough Council
Location Weymouth, UK
Status Completed 2012
Engineer Expedition Engineers