Introducing Britain’s Longest Bench – a striking fusion of engineering excellence and architecture at its best.
The 324 metre structure twists and winds its way sinuously along the promenade in Littlehampton, West Sussex, interweaving reclaimed hardwood slats, which can be inscribed, with colourful metal slats and incorporating two dynamic shelters which adorn the skyline.
The design allows the landmark bench to keep growing and it’s hoped to get it in the record books as not just Britain’s Longest Bench, but the world’s too.
It has been funded by a £450,000 grant from the Sea Change Programme run by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment [CABE] and by local benefactor, Gordon Roddick of the Roddick Foundation in memory of his late wife Dame Anita, founder of The Body Shop, which has its headquarters in the town.
The project was managed by us here at Arun District Council.
Littlehampton's Long Bench is a striking piece of public art by the young team at Studio Weave, designed to provide a place to sit and enjoy the view, an attraction that brings visitors from far and wide and an object that young and old can enjoy.
The bench forms part of the town's Seafront Strategy by leading architect Sir Terry Farrell to improve the town's public spaces and assist in its regeneration.
All of the slats have now been sold and none are currenly available to buy.
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