Cornwall Environmental Consultants Ltd

Bournemouth Pier Approach Phase 1

Following a competitive tender process, CEC won the detail design and lead consultancy services to implementation (former Stage E to L) for Bournemouth Pier Approach Public Realm Improvements. The detail design is based on a concept originally produced by Gillespies, and was developed further by our team, which consisted of CEC (Lead Consultant and Landscape Architect), MeiLoci (supporting Landscape Architect and Art Features), Hydrock (Civil and Structural Engineering and M&E), PBWC (Architecture), Michael Grubb Studio (Lighting) and Ustigate (Water Feature). We worked for Bournemouth Borough Council, cooperating with Mouchel as project managers, Aecom as quantity surveyors, Willmott Dixon Construction as main contractors and MSafe as CDM Coordinator.

The site is part of the Bournemouth Pier approach, leading to one of UK’s most famous seaside piers, which is one of the town’s main attractions. The scheme creates a vibrant, bright and lively space through form, function, materials and sense of place. It is a multi-functional space which leaves room for interpretative use and play. Key elements of the design are a kiosk and a shelter, a water play feature which has been inspired by the Bourne Stream, a raised planter with bespoke seating wall and a lighting scheme responding to the overall design and creating animated scenes extending the usability of the space at night.

The surfacing is formed from granite and a range of high quality exposed aggregate concretes, with bespoke precast white concrete walls and islands forming key landscape features. The soft landscape concept reflects the world-class standard of the overall design providing a highly attractive planting scheme, with all-year round interest appropriate to the site conditions, capitalising on the special microclimate qualities of the site and linking the site to the Lower Gardens to the north. The planting scheme includes sub-tropical and maritime species. Tree species proposed are restricted to those proven to resist coastal pressure such as sea salt and strong winds.

The site successfully opened to the public in May 2015 and has been a great success to date, with people enjoying the site and its features, achieving the original design intend and use.

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