Sunspot is a major new project on the seafront at Jaywick Sands in Essex, contributing to the wider Jaywick Sands Place Plan which we are also developing. The project - completed in September 2023 - includes affordable business units, covered market, café, public toilets and meeting rooms alongside a community garden, bus shelter and event space. It is one of three highly commended projects for the MacEwen Award for social purpose architecture.
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.