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Skatepark & Cafés, East Sussex

Client: The Sourcepark, Hastings Borough Council

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

Architect's team: Bhavika Mistry, Rebecca Birch, Yusra Osman, Harriet Francis

Structural Engineer: Ellis + Moore

Cost Consultant: Northgates

Area: 10,000 sq m

Construction cost: £1.5m

Completion: Phase 1 2016, Phase 2 2020

A new look for the seafront, Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 24.09.12


Hastings Borough Council commissioned NCA to bring back into use this long derelict 1930’s swimming baths. NCA recommended minimal intervention and repair to the existing concrete structure to ensure a basic watertight envelope to house skate ramps in the former pool areas, and to bring the building back into meanwhile use. The project has been pivotal in the regeneration of the White Rock area of Hastings.


NCA have returned to White Rock Baths in 2020 to improve access and open up the East courtyard for protected outdoor dining and retail units.

The kiosk on the seafront promenade was the first phase of a wider public realm project including a stage, water feature and additional seating areas. The structure is a semi-circular plan vending kiosk with an integral deck and seating area designed to withstand the weather and discourage vandalism. The kiosk, deck, benches and bins were all formed in matching timber to create a distinct and unified environment, and create a dynamic public space.

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