Birnbeck Island

Our competition entry to reinvigorate and redevelop Birnbeck Island and its historic pier for Urban Splash, proposed the creation of a new beach and lido facing the island, the reinstatement of original features and the introduction of new buildings.

Passing through the old archway approach to the pier, a new proscenium arch marks the transition to a world of illusion. Around a central courtyard, we created a series of buildings that correspond to all the different aspects needed in the new community: housing, creative studios and retail units on the ground floor, kiosks for market days, restaurants, cafes, an old peoples home, a nursery and playground.

The building lying at the end of the pier forms a new entertainment hall, reminiscent of an old-time music hall or working man's club. It contains a theatre and facilities for various activities on different days for youths, old people, community meetings and traditional theatre.