Stage by the Sea is unique performance space that stands along Littlehampton's promenade. The structure was commissioned by Littlehampton Town Council in 2014 to provide a venue for outside entertainment. The minimalist concrete sculpture – inspired by the shape of a shell and the sand dunes on West Beach – was designed by Flanagan Lawrence and Expedition Engineering, and constructed by Landbuild and Shotcrete. The 20 sq m stage is free to use by the community all year round and can accommodate up to 25 seated musicians.
It is designed to acoustically project sound to the audience without the need for electronic amplification, that also acts as a sheltered seating area. The structure won the 2015 RIBA South East Regional Award from the Institute of British Architects, the Regional Small Project of the Year and was highly commended at the 2015 Concrete Society Awards.
“The wave-like form follows the acoustic function beautifully, and allowing gravity to pull the draped mesh of reinforcement into shape, then using a hand-applied render to freeze it in position, is masterful.”