An exciting opportunity for an artist/urban designer to work as part of an engineering team on regeneration projects in West Bay, Dorset.

Dorset Coast Forum are looking for an artist/designer for three projects as part of the wider Dorset Coastal Connections’ portfolio of 18 projects funded by the Coastal Community Fund and coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum working with The Arts Development Company.

The project recognises the importance of the artist, who will have a creative and innovative input, whilst being sensitive to the surrounding environment and helping to ensure an exceptional quality of design. This is reflected in our aspiration to bring in an artist at the start of the project and to enable them to work as part of the cross-disciplinary team who will deliver the project. This is a high profile development for Dorset and is likely to attract local media attention as well as much public interest.

Welcome Hub

This area sits in the heart of West Bay and is utilised heavily by visitors, motorcyclists and residents. It needs to be a mixed use space which makes sense, so that the motorcyclists are continued to be welcomed and utilise this area, where visitors can enjoy fish and chips, looking at the views and for residents to have a beautiful space to enjoy. Currently there are concrete blocks here, which could be removed, giving more scope for the design.

The Jurassic Coast Trust is the lead project delivery organisation for the West Bay Welcome Hub. They will be working alongside the appointed artist, Dorset County Council, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Bridport Town Council.

East Beach Accessibility and West Beach Promenade

East Beach is a single barrier beach managed by the Environment Agency. There are times when the front face of the beach is too steep for safe access by the public and there is a preferred route onto the foreshore next to the steeply rising East Cliff. This project could include a viewing platform and will provide a defined access route from the car park to the sea, in the form of a permanent boardwalk-type structure to a viewing platform at the crest of the beach, with a temporary form of access over the front face of the beach which will have to be graded to a suitable angle for safe access and directing users away from under the cliffs. This work will be completed as part of the coastal improvement scheme for East Beach which includes a buried rock core under the crest of the beach.

The Environment Agency is the lead project delivery organisation and will work with consultants CH2M, West Dorset District Council and the appointed artist. (This is for the viewing platform, boardwalk and the West Beach promenade.)

Cycle Path from West Bay to Bridport

This scheme aims to provide non-car users with a safe, traffic-free route between West Bay and Bridport’s existing walking and cycling network. This new link will consist of new road crossings and a new section of footway whilst the existing bridleway and footways will be widened and resurfaced for shared-use. This section of cycleway will become part of a wider walking and cycling network that will eventually connect these settlements to Maiden Newton as part of the West Dorset Trailway. It is possible to have implementation here such as seating. We would welcome views from the consultant artist, who may have thoughts about opening up the views, shaping the footpath.

Submissions now open. Download the brief here.