The Rebirth of the Seaside Pier


John McLean, Morgan Carn Partnership, Humberts Leisure & Hemsley Orrell Partnership

From Brighton to Atlantic City to Santa Monica, piers have been part of the culture of the waterfront. Pleasure piers were built with amusement parks and restaurants, but the main purpose was to let people walk over water in the cool sea air. After planes replaced trains and people went further for their vacations, they fell into disrepair.

Now as we contemplate vacations without air travel, seaside resorts closer to home are seeing a revival, and people are thinking about piers again. BURA Seaside Network invited professional and amateur designers to submit visions of piers for the 21st century. Images shown are from the short list, with the winner being selected September 19.


atomikarchitecture (Mike Oades and Christine Heil)

"This design embraces the concept of the coast. It highlights the value of space; how it can be used to address many needs in an environmentally-sensitive and provocative way."


Daniel Taylor

"This concept demonstrates the value of high quality open space. It exemplifies how the power to deliver a sustainable community lies within the community itself."


Ian Hughes

"Here the entrant has accentuated the use of a pier across a spectrum of sustainable community issues including economic, employment, cultural, educational and health agendas."

See them all at ::BBC News via Alex Johnson at ::Shedworking