Client: Strenson Investments
Project Date: 2012
Site Location: Lancing, Brighton, UK
Project Status: Construction Complete
This is a proposal for the partially-built building on Lancing Beach. It is on the site of the Mermaid Cafe and has sat in it's current state for the past four years. We propose to transform this eyesore into a sustainable, vibrant and key attraction to Lancing Beach. The ground floor will contain a beach cafe and water sports centre. The cafe will cater to visitors throughout the year and provide a space available for hire; this will be ideal for community use and events with an excellent view of the beach. The water sports centre will take advantage of Lancing's growing reputation as a destination for kite surfing, providing access to this and other water sports for locals and visitors alike.
It is anticipated that this use of the building will draw visitors to the area. Small hotel/hostel-style accommodation will be provided on the first floor for people attending courses at the water sports centre. Three Zero Carbon apartments are also provided on the first floor. Their entire annual energy demand will Introduction be offset by photovoltaic panels, integrated into the roof. The photovoltaic array will also offset a significant amount of the energy consumed by the other uses of the building. It is hoped that this development can play an important role in the wider regeneration plans for Lancing as a whole.