Architects at Bondholder Guy Taylor Associates and economic development experts at Focus Consultants have been appointed to draw up ideas to improve the foreshore of one of the UK’s popular seaside towns, Skegness.
East Lindsey District Council has appointed Focus Consultants in partnership with Guy Taylor Associates to refresh the Foreshore Masterplan with a series of investment ideas and to develop a detailed Design Manual for the foreshore to help attract grants.
The Design Manual will provide detailed guidelines on both the appearance and permitted materials for everything from the kerbs to street lighting, ensuring that future development builds on Skegness’s natural assets and stands the test of time.
It will identify improvements that can be made to street furniture, signage, colour schemes and paths, as well as considering opportunities to improve layout to benefit traffic and pedestrians.
Paul Stanton, Director, Guy Taylor Associates, Derby said: “We are taking into account all the existing natural and built heritage in the area, as well as how people use the area – for recreation, shopping and traditional seaside activities, such as donkey rides - as well as considering practical elements like seating and cycle parks.
“We hope that the refreshed Masterplan and new Design Manual will ensure that the resort continues to offer a memorable experience, as well as being accessible to everyone long into the future.”
Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy, Councillor Steve Kirk, said: “I think it's fair to say that Skegness foreshore is in need of investment. By undertaking this work now, the Council is positioning the resort to be able to make funding applications when grant schemes open. We all know Skegness is one of the UK's leading resorts, with visitor numbers to the area increasing year on year. We must ensure that continues.”
Organisations involved in running Skegness as a successful seaside resort will be invited to have their input in the project once the initial ideas have been drawn up. The suggestions from Focus Consultants and Guy Taylor Associates are expected to be handed to the Council in the coming weeks.