Students from BA (Hons) Architecture have collaborated with industry to reimagine Bournemouth’s coastal space as part of the Bournemouth Sea Wall Competition.

Devised through a collaborative engagement with Tobias Ellwood MP and Duncan Johnston of Morgan Sindall, the Bournemouth Sea Wall Competition was open to all students at AUB.

The competition arose at a time when many parts of England, inclusive of Bournemouth, faced severe storm damage through extreme weather, highlighting the necessity for future planning and sustainable methodologies to protect and enhance the coastal beauty of AUB’s iconic locale.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Emma Hunt and the Dean of Faculty of Art and Design Professor Oren Lieberman joined Tobias Ellwood and Duncan Johnston to judge the entries, which came from teams of Level 5 students on the BA (Hons) Architecture course. The winning scheme (A Rising Coast: Zac Dadzie, Hannah Day, Joseph Robertshaw and Hanna Skog) visualises sea defences that are adaptive, and new socio-economic spatial scenarios and inclusive ways of experiencing the beach. The panel also selected two runners up schemes (The Great Wall of Bournemouth: Haibin Fu, Jack Lodge, Zenab Naheed, Andrei Niculae and Shamiim Nuur, and Cove Walk: Madalina Voicu and Joe Walker).

The students, who met members of the panel, engaged in debate and discussion over a variety of possible future scenarios for Bournemouth beach. After completing further work post competition win, the winning group delivered an additional presentation which provided excellent insight into, and experience of, the context of professional engagements with industry, academia, and politics.