Council hits back after toilets claim

East Beach Caf�, Littlehampton, was designed by Thomas Heatherwick
East Beach Caf�, Littlehampton, was designed by Thomas Heatherwick

CLAIMS that British designer Thomas Heatherwick was to help create a new café on Shoreham Beach have been refuted by the council.

The toilet block on Beach Green hit national headlines last week when it was claimed property developer Jane Wood had pulled out of the project and that it would have been designed by the man who created the London Olympic cauldron and award-winning East Beach Café in Littlehampton.

Adur District Council issued a statement on Thursday which said no planning application had been submitted and Mr Heatherwick’s design, using undulating steel ribbons, was only ever a speculatively-submitted, conceptual design

It was claimed in the Architects’ Journal that negotiations failed due to the number of toilets the council said had to be included.

But the council said discussions ceased in April 2014 for a number of reasons, including a requirement that the development would be completed satisfactorily.

A spokesman said: “It must be remembered that to redevelop the site, the existing toilets would have to be demolished.

“It is extremely important that the toilets are re-provided within any new development, and this was made clear while the site was being marketed.”