Abbey Sands, Urban

Following planning permission received in early 2012, the landmark six-storey mixed use development welcomed an important seafront development for us.

We were appointed to work up a series of detailed design proposals that included significant improvements to the waterfront public realm, spared space connections to the promenade and links to the popular Royal Terrace Gardens.

The project’s design has been influenced by the modernist style of the early 20th century British seaside architecture.  The simple linear form, curved balconies and glass balustrading maximise the expansive sea views and create a contemporary interpretation of the ‘Riviera style’.  The public realm features high quality natural stone paving, raised planters and semi-mature palm trees synonymous with Torquay.

The project was completed in summer 2014 and includes key enhancements to the surrounding environment; a new shared space scheme prioritises pedestrian movement between the waterfront, promenade and nearby Royal Terrace Gardens and now successfully accommodates 14,000 vehicles per day.

Client: Harvard Estates
Architects: Kay Elliott
Status: Completion in 2014
Construction Budget £12 million

“BD landscape architects bring an excellent collaborative approach to landscape design. They have shown skill and vision in assisting understanding of site constraints and opportunities; integrating flood defence measures into meaning public spaces which in-turn build upon the site’s unique character. Our projects have been lifted through their careful attention to detail, understanding of a wide range of user needs and their ability to add delight with their landscape designs.”

— Richard Maddock, Director
Kay Elliott