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26 May 2016

Bournemouth Landmark Development Competition Winner

Bournemouth Landmark Design Competition Winner

Internationally acclaimed architects to create world class vision for Bournemouth’s Pavilion Gardens

26/05/2016 – The creation of a landmark ‘cultural quarter’ overlooking Bournemouth’s world-famous seafront is under way following the appointment of leading international designers Zaha Hadid Architects.

Acknowledged as one of the most important sites within the Council’s Town Centre Vision portfolio, Bath Road North is currently a car park and sits prominently alongside the Pavilion, with dramatic views towards the seafront and Purbeck Hills.

Zaha Hadid, which has twice won the prestigious Stirling Prize, topped a strong field of five shortlisted companies to join the Council in developing a world class Pavilion Gardens project at this Bath Road North site.

Initial proposals for the site include designing a mix of cultural attractions and public space improvements complementing Bath Road and the Pavilion Theatre. This could include a multi-use performance space, hotel and restaurants.

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Significant public realm investment is envisaged, linking the cultural quarter to the beaches, town centre and forthcoming Winter Gardens scheme via a new Grand Garden Walk. Community and stakeholder engagement, as well as public consultation, will be a major part of the project.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “The Council’s approach to the development at the Bath Road North site will be thorough and considered. We are in the early stages of planning and any development will need to be of high architectural quality, respecting the views, enhancing the neighbouring Pavilion and creating a strong and positive visual identity for this part of Bournemouth.”
The appointment of Zaha Hadid Architects follows a competitive process designed to identify an architect who can demonstrate the importance of placemaking while respecting the wider area of interest outside a development site.

Jim Heverin, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “We greatly look forward to working with the community and all stakeholders to develop a shared vision for this very important site. On her recent visit to Bournemouth in March this year, Zaha explored the wonderful possibilities for Pavilion Gardens as a popular cultural quarter for residents and visitors alike, linking the town centre with its renowned seafront and beaches.”

Planning for the Bath Road North site is in the early stages and the Council is working through the Bournemouth Development Company to establish the development potential of the area of land to the side of the Pavilion Theatre. Any development will create the opportunity to redefine this key town centre destination.

Following the appointment of Zaha Hadid Architects, Bournemouth Council will work with key stakeholders from the Arts Council, BH Live, Arts University Bournemouth, and the Bournemouth Development Company to create a vision for the site which will inform the longer term development plans for Bath Road North car park.

Zaha Hadid Architects was founded in 1979 by the Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly in March after a glittering career at the pinnacle of her profession.

Zaha Hadid Architects employs more than 400 people across the world. Among its many popular projects are the London Aquatics Centre, which staged swimming and diving events at the 2012 Olympic Games, MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome and Oxford University’s Middle East Centre which recently received awards from the Oxford Preservation Trust and RIBA South.

Altogether, 38 expressions of interest were received from architects’ practices in response to a competition organised by The Bournemouth Development Company.

22 Mar 2016

Bournemouth Landmark Development Competition

Bournemouth Landmark Design Competition

Zaha Hadid Architects shortlisted in the Bournemouth seafront competition to design a £25m landmark project, reports the Architect’s Journal.

This design competition was launched to design a cultural-led mixed-use development overlooking Bournemouth’s world renowned seafront.

The Bournemouth Development Company, a joint venture between Bournemouth Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments, sought expressions of interest for the design of a landmark development yards from the town’s multi-award-winning seven-mile-long beach.

The site, currently surface car parking at Bath Road North and South, is one of the most prominent and strategic locations in the heart of this dynamic, fast-growing coastal favourite. It sits next to the Lower Gardens and listed Pavilion Theatre with views across Bournemouth Bay to the Purbecks and Old Harry Rock.

The waterfront development is expected to offer a mix of cultural attractions including a new theatre, museum, gallery and restaurants.
The successful project will seek to enhance the operations and visitor experience at the Pavilion, draw more people along Westover Road and open up further views across Bournemouth’s most prized natural assets, its beaches and gardens. There is also a potential opportunity to deliver a new boutique hotel.

Bournemouth waterfront beach pavilion:
Bournemouth waterfront beach pavilion

Significant public realm investment is envisaged in the project, linking the new Cultural Quarter to the beaches, town centre and forthcoming Winter Gardens development via a new Grand Garden Walk.

Website: Bournemouth Landmark Design Competition

Bournemouth Landmark Design Competition

Bournemouth Landmark Design Contest Launch

The Bournemouth Development Company is the delivery partner for Bournemouth Council’s Town Centre Vision, an ambitious programme that is rejuvenating the town so it will be even better, more competitive and renowned as a place of high quality for residents, visitors, businesses and students.

Since its incorporation in 2011, Bournemouth Development Company has attracted millions of pounds’ worth of investment in the town – with much more to come. The partnership has so far delivered the Citrus Building at Horseshoe Common, award-winning student accommodation at Madeira Road for Arts University Bournemouth and the Madeira Road multi-storey car park overlooking Wessex Way.

Planning permission is in place for more than 100 new homes at Berry Court in St Peter’s Road and a site development plan for a residential-led scheme on the Winter Gardens site was approved in October 2015. An exhibition of plans for a further residential development, at St Stephen’s Road, was held in November 2015.

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Work by Bournemouth Development Company complements other key town centre projects. Two new Hilton hotels have opened at Terrace Mount in 2015 and building work is advanced on a cinema-led leisure scheme at Exeter Road. The development of Bath Road North and South will play a key role in continuing the town’s wider rejuvenation and leave a lasting legacy for the future.

While Bournemouth is famous the world over for leisure, tourism, hospitality and festivals, its number one economic mainstay is in fact financial services. The financial sector contributes more than £1 billion to the local economy each year. Alongside its traditional economic strengths, the town is also witnessing a fast-growing market in tech and creative industries fuelled in part by its two successful universities.

For more details on the Bath Road North and South design competition, visit

Location: Bath Road North and South, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

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