Sunspot has opened! Our landmark project in Jaywick Sands celebrated completion with a wonderful community event on Saturday, with local bands, fairground rides, climbing wall and many of the new tenants showcasing their businesses to the community.
The Sunspot includes affordable business units, covered market, café, public toilets and meeting rooms alongside a community garden, bus shelter and event space. Commissioned by Tendring District Council, the project creates a new landmark for Jaywick Sands, generating jobs and local services in a community which has experienced severe deprivation for decades. The building has a distinctive geometric design and graphic colour scheme, and has been designed as a ‘long meanwhile’ project that can be disassembled and re-erected, or the elements reused and recycled, if the site is redeveloped as part of wider long-term regeneration.
Our director Hana Loftus said “Completing the Sunspot is a milestone in the regeneration of Jaywick Sands. We developed the original business case and have been involved in the whole process through to marketing, letting and opening the building. We hope the design expresses the joy and originality of Jaywick Sand – a place that is unique in its architecture, its history and its sense of community.
Lee Heley, Corporate Director for Place & Economy at Tendring District Council, said “The building and the public spaces around it are a real beacon of change for Jaywick Sands – a project that brings much-needed facilities that will benefit everyone, as well as generating jobs and supporting tourism. The building is a memorable addition to our coastline and we are thrilled with the result.”