The proposed water sports centre occupies the middle of the site facilitating easy access to the beach and maximising views across the bay. The water sports centre is a timber clad single-storey pitched roof which is fronted with decking. The west area features a flexible events space with access to drinking water and electric points. To create additional local business opportunities there are a cluster of compact retail units which will be made available for a variety of different uses. Improved access to the beach is provided through two new sets of steps and an access ramp, each designed to have a low environmental impact. The centre has been designed to have a low visual and environmental impact taking into account concerns regarding over development and limiting of coastal views. A significant amount of green space has been created on what is now a surface car park.
The water sports centre occupies the middle of the site, maximising access to the beach and views across the bay. The new facility will have a new car park of approximately 60 spaces to the rear which will give convenient access to the beach for visitors to the centre. The building has a large number of high-performance solar panels on the roof which gives a high level of efficiency and low environmental impact. We want the building to be a self-sufficient as possible. The route of the existing cycle way and footway remains unchanged.
As you approach from the west side of the beach, you are able to access the centre via curved timber steps. Once upon the promenade you can access the contemporary metal and timber clad restaurant space via the raised decking that looks back out over the sea.
The water sports centre is a timber clad single-storey pitched roof which is fronted with decking. The roofs are coloured, taking inspiration from the beach chalets running along the seafront. Between the centre and huts is an open space suitable for water sports equipment.
Looking towards Exmouth (West)
Looking towards Orcombe (East)