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Working with Flanagan Lawrence Architects, the 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 previous Sand Sculpture structure on Weymouth Esplanade was of poor quality and contributed 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 resident sculptor exhibits regularly at International competitions and exhibitions, notably the Jesolo International Sand Sculpture Festival in Italy.

The new structure reinforces this long established cultural asset, encouraging local competitions and educational initiatives. The budget was extemely limited and the pavillon had to be completed by the end of July 2012 to act as a backdrop to the 2012 Olympic sailing events taking place in the town. A fully modular design meant that construction was both fast and safe, with the prefabricated timber ply sections easily man-handable.

Andrew Weir

Client: Weymouth Borough Council

Architect: Flanagan Lawrence

Status: Completed 2012

Sand Sculpture Pavilion