The studio defeated rival bids by Ove Arup and Partners, BDP, UNStudio and DSDHA to win the £1.3 million contract, backed by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
The practice will now tweak an existing eight-year-old proposal by AEW, draw up plans for a ‘cohesive and interactive’ interior and ultimately deliver the scheme.
The search for a design team started in October last year, two months after the council scrapped an earlier call for architects so it could create a more ‘creative’ and ‘attractive proposition’ for bidders.
At the time, the council also renamed the complex – from the Southend-on-Sea Museum to the Thames Estuary Experience – to better reflect its vision for the venue and increase its appeal to national and international investors.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the regeneration of Southend seafront. The new building will provide a destination for locals and visitors alike, celebrating Southend’s rich heritage as well as broader stories of the Thames Estuary.”
Hazel York Partner
“We are determined that the new Thames Estuary Experience will further widen the town’s appeal by extending our cultural tourism offer and cement our growing position nationally and internationally as a year-round visitor destination of quality and choice.”
Ann Holland Executive Councillor, Southend