Client: Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
Weymouth hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events, and the Esplanade was a key viewing point for spectators. In the years leading up to the Olympics, the Council had recognised that the Esplanade needing improving to meet the needs of this high-profile event and showcase Weymouth as an archetypal English seaside resort.
The key problems with the Esplanade were the poor quality facilities for visitors, unattractive planters and landscape, and uncoordinated street furniture. Overall, the Esplanade lacked a coherent character and identity.
Tibbalds worked closely with landscape architects Dally Henderson to prepare a Design Guide. This was based on a formal character assessment, which supported design principles and the justification for the location and form of new buildings and landscape structures that could be both contemporary and sympathetic to the historic character of the Esplanade. The project has secured a number of improvements, including:
- two extensive new sitting out areas, creating a pleasant environment that has boosted business for local cafes and bars;
- the refurbishment of the Victorian shelters; and
- wholesale replacement of street furniture.
Shortlisted for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2013.